Hundreds attend memorial for Indiana aid worker

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A memorial service that included readings from the Bible and the Quran has been held in Indianapolis for an aid worker who was beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria.

Peter Kassig, who took the first name Abdul-Rahman after converting to Islam during captivity, was praised for his humanitarian work during Sunday’s memorial service, which was attended by hundreds.

The 26-year-old Kassig was captured last year in eastern Syria while delivering relief supplies to refugees of Syria’s civil war.

Hazem Bata, executive director of the Islamic Society of North America in suburban Plainfield, praised Kassig for his selfless service.

The Kassig family’s Methodist pastor, the Rev. Bill Hoopes, said: “Our hearts broke with the news of not only his death, but the brutal and barbaric way in which it occurred.”