INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A video released by ISIS claims they have beheaded Abdul-Rahman Kassig. The family of Kassig released several videos and statements in hopes that the militant group would release their son.
“Abdul-Rahman is a compassionate young man, driven by the desire to save lives and alleviate suffering. He found his calling in Syria and along the Syrian border. As he wrote in 2012, “What keeps me up at night isn’t the things I’ve done when I shouldn’t have so as much as the things I haven’t done when I could have. I’d be OK if I never slept again lest I forget those moments,” one statement said about Kassig’s devotion.
Below is a timeline of Kassig’s life provided by the family:
- 2006: Graduated from North Central High School (age 18)
- 2006-2007: Served in the U.S. Army
- 2007-09: Attended Hanover College, Hanover, Ind.
- 2010: Trained and certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)\
- 2010-2012: Attended Butler University, Indianapolis. Major: Political science
- March 2012: Went to Beirut during spring break to witness impact of Syrian refugee crisis first-hand
- May 2012: Moved to Lebanon to work as a volunteer EMT, serving in a hospital in Tripoli
- September 2012: Founded SERA, Special Emergency Relief and Assistance
- Summer 2013: Moved SERA’s base of operations to Gaziantep, Turkey.
• Provided first-response assistance to fleeing refugees of Syrian Civil War and provided food, medical supplies, trauma care and first-aid training to local populations
- July – Aug. 2013: Observed month-long Ramadan fast
- October 1, 2013: Taken captive on route to Deir Ezzour (eastern Syria) to deliver medical supplies and trauma medical care equipment and provide medical first responder courses to civilians
- Early 2014: Family receives letter from Kassig provided by released hostage
- October 3, 2014: Kassig is identified by his captors in a video message, announcing the death of British hostage Alan Henning