INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) —On Sunday, hundreds attended a memorial service at Butler University to remember an Indianapolis aid worker killed by Islamic State militants in Syria last week.
Speakers during the 80-minute service recalled the good works of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, who was killed by ISIS last Sunday after being held captive in Syria.
Those at the service were reminded they were not there because of how Kassig died, but because of how he lived.
The 26-year-old was captured last year in Syria while delivering relief supplies to refugees of Syria’s civil war.
Anna Brown Mitchell says she went to the service because she feels a connection to the Kassigs.
“I wanted to be in support of his family, Peter is about the same age as my son. I went to military funerals when my son was in Iraq and Afghanistan and we families have to support each other,” she said.
Speakers at the service praised his humanitarian work and urged others to use his life as inspiration. Kassig attended Butler University and studied political science in 2011 and 2012.