Hundreds attend memorial service for Kassig at Butler

In this undated photo provided by the Kassig Family, Peter Kassig, is shown with a truck loaded with supplies. The Islamic State group released a graphic video on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in which a black-clad militant claimed to have beheaded U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, who was providing medical aid to Syrians fleeing the civil war when he was captured inside Syria on Oct. 1, 2013. His friends say he converted to Islam in captivity and took the first name Abdul-Rahman. (AP Photo/Courtesy Kassig Family)

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. 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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