Ed and Paula Kassig of Indianapolis read a brief statement:
In 26 years, he has witnessed and experienced firsthand 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’s been right all along – one person can make a difference.
Kassig’s parents asked for prayers for peace at sunset Monday and requested “the time and privacy to mourn, cry – and yes, forgive – and begin to heal.” A memorial service in the Muslim and Christian faiths is planned.