BREAKING: American Islamic State Hostage, Kayla Mueller, is Dead

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Sad and unfortunate ending for Kayla. I wonder what Obama has to say for himself.

American ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller is dead, the 26-year-old’s family said Tuesday. The confirmation came four days after ISIS claimed the Arizona native had been killed by a coalition airstrike near Raqqa, Syria.

“We are heartbroken to share that we’ve received confirmation that Kayla Jean Mueller, has lost her life,” Mueller’s parents, Carl and Marsha, and brother Eric, said in a statement. “Kayla was a compassionate and devoted humanitarian. She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice, and peace.”

The statement from Mueller’s family did not elaborate on how it had learned of Mueller’s death or the circumstances behind it.

U.S. officials would not confirm Mueller’s cause of death or say when she died, telling NBC News only that the family had received a message from the aid worker’s captors with information that American authorities were able to authenticate.

President Barack Obama expressed his “deepest condolences” on Mueller’s death.

Read more: NBC News

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