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Pray for the Sotloff family: Synagogue leader

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 - 01:15

Friends and neighbors rally behind the grieving Sotloff family following Steven Sotloff's beheading by Islamic State militants. Linda So reports.

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Family and friends visit the home of Steven Sotloff's parents. Neighbors are coming to the Pinecrest, Florida community to show their support. SOUNDBITE: CHRIS HADDOCK, NEIGHBOR, SAYING: "It's devastating, there are no words. You can't describe what's going on inside their home, what they're feeling." Government sources say the video purporting to show Sotloff's beheading appears to be authentic. The 31-year-old freelance journalist from Florida was kidnapped in Syria in August of 2013. The family's synagogue leader says the Sotloffs will make a public statement when they're ready. SOUNDBITE: ROBERT HERSH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF TEMPLE BETH AM, THE SOTLOFF'S SYNAGOGUE SAYING: "We hope that everybody would pray for the family and be here for the family. The family asks for their privacy, to leave them alone, when they're prepared to speak they will come out and speak from their home." Danielle Berrin, a childhood friend went to Jewish Day school with Sotloff in Miami. SOUNDBITE: DANIELLE BERRIN, FRIEND, SAYING: "I remember him as a completely fun-loving, beautiful spirit, really joyful, kind of goofy, sometime mischievous, and of course we were super young when we were in class together but he just had a glow about him, he was a beautiful soul." Sotloff's colleagues say he was a dedicated journalist and gifted writer who despite knowing the dangers in Syria, chose to accept the risks.

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Pray for the Sotloff family: Synagogue leader

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 - 01:15