School US aid worker attended releases statement

Abdul-Rahman Kassig working as a medic to help a wounded man. A trained emergency medical technician, Kassig provided medical aid and first-aid training to those involved in the Syrian conflict in his work with Special Emergency Response and Assistance (SERA). Photo taken near Deir Ezzor in August 2013. (Photo provided to the Kassig family by the copyright owner with permission for media use.)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The university a U.S. aid worker purportedly beheaded by Islamic State group militants attended says if he has indeed been killed the group “accomplished nothing through this abhorrent act of violence.”

Butler University President James Danko says in a statement that if the Islamic State group indeed killed 26-year-old Indianapolis native Abdul-Rahman Kassig “all it has done is taken away a good person who wanted to help the Syrian people.”

Danko says the school offers prayers and support for Kassig’s family and the humanitarian causes Kassig pursued in the Middle East. He says Kassig “approached life selflessly and courageously.”

The Islamic State group released a video Sunday in which a militant claims to have beheaded Kassig, who was captured last year while helping victims of the Syrian civil war. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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