The parents of slain American Peter Kassig ask for prayers, call on the public to give their family ''the privacy to mourn, cry, and yes, forgive, and begin to heal.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Ed and Paula Kassig, the parents Peter Kassig, who later changed his name to Abdul-Rahman, called on others to pray for their son, and to focus on the good in the world. "In 26 years he has witnessed and experienced first-hand more of the harsh realities of life than most of us can imagine. But rather than letting the darkness overwhelm him, he has chosen to believe in the good in himself and in others. Peter's life is evidence that he has been right all along, one person makes a difference," his mother said. His father, referring to his son as Abdul-Rahman throughout, calls for prayers at sundown. "Please pray for Abdul-Rahman, or 'Pete' if that's how you know him, at sunset this evening. Pray also for all people in Syria, in Iraq and around the world that are held against their will," Ed Kassig said. "Please allow our small family the time and privacy to mourn, cry, and yes, forgive and begin to heal," he went on to say. Islamic State militants have beheaded American hostage Peter Kassig, issuing a video claiming the killing on Sunday and warning the United States they would kill other U.S. citizens "on your streets." U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed the death of the aid worker in what he called "an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity." Kassig, age 26, from Indiana, was also known as Abdul-Rahman, a name he took after converting to Islam in captivity. His family has said he was taken captive on his way to the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Oct. 1, 2013.