Hoosiers continue to mourn the horrific death of Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig. The former Army Ranger who developed into a humanitarian aid worker was brutally murdered by ISIS. He was the fifth victim from the U.S. and Britain to be killed by the extremist group.
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) spoke of Kassig on the Senate floor Wednesday. Donnelly spoke of Kassig’s life and service to his country and the people of Syria. He also read parts of a letter Kassig wrote to his family while in captivity as he tried to give them peace and understanding during a very difficult time.
Kassig’s family will hold a public memorial service at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University this Sunday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m.
Kassig studied political science at Butler in 2011 and 2012 before moving to Lebanon and founding Special Emergency Response and Assistance (SERA), an aid organization for Syrian refugees. He was delivering aid supplies for SERA when he was abducted October 1, 2013.
The Kassig family asks that contributions in their son’s memory be given to the Syrian American Medical Society. The organization supports doctors who volunteer to deliver direct medical care to those in need in Syria, Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon.