INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An ISIS fighter killed by a U.S. drone strike was the man believed to be responsible for the killing of Indianapolis native Peter Kassig.
U.S. authorities say they are 99 percent sure that they killed Jihadi John.
Before the news was released to the rest of the world, Peter Kassig’s parents were notified Thursday night of the drone strike directed at Mohammed Emwazi, who is known as Jihadi John.
The Kassig family, nevertheless, have declined comment through a family spokeswoman.
Ed and Paula Kassig asked for time to grieve and forgive when their son was killed. They are maintaining that stance now.
Peter Kassig was an aide worker in Syria who was taken hostage and beheaded on video.
It was one of a number of beheading videos that featured Jihadi John, who was given that title because he lived and was educated in England.
A U.S drone tracked a vehicle carrying Emwazi before firing a hellfire missle in a direct strike.
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says he wishes it had happened a long time ago.
“I’m hopeful that the reports are accurate,” said Donnelly. “We’ve heard as of this point that it’s 99 percent correct but this is a person who could not have been more vicious, who could not have been horrible, who brought heartache to an extremely wonderful family here in Indianapolis and to people all over the world.”
Families of other victims of Jihadi John were more vocal.
The widow of British aide worker David Haines said the drone strike was “too easy for him.” Dragana Haines said she wanted to see Emwazi on trial.