A video purporting to show the beheading of 31 year old US journalist Steven Sotloff has been released online by ISIS. The video titled "A Second Message to America," also threatens the life of British captive David Haines.
Sotloff was kidnapped in 2013 near Aleppo after crossing the Syrian border from Turkey. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The National Interest, Media Line, World Affairs, and Foreign Policy Magazine.
Sotloff grew up in South Florida and attended the University of Central Florida with a major in journalism.
Earlier this year a video was released by the terrorist organization ISIS titled "A Message to America," showing the brutal murder by beheading of US journalist James Foley. In the video ISIS delivers a message to President Obama, stating the president's next move would decide Sotloff's fate. Following the video the United States increased airstrikes against ISIS.
The new video features Sotloff speaking into the camera, saying he is "paying the price" for U.S. intervention. It is important to note that as a prisoner his words may very well have been scripted.
A spokesperson for the Sotloff family released a statement about the video and stated the family is "grieving privately."
Our hearts and our prayers go out his family and friends at this time. We are deeply saddened by this terrible news.