Steven Sotloff
1983 - 2014
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Freelance journalist Steven Sotloff has been killed, according to reporting from multiple sources. Sotloff was allegedly executed by the Islamic State group in a video released by the terrorist group on Tuesday.

American intelligence agencies confirmed Sotloff's identity and the authenticity of the video Wednesday.

Sotloff was kidnapped in 2013 while covering the Syrian civil war. Read more on this story at The Chicago Tribune and The New York Times.
Published in New York Times on Sep. 3, 2014.
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October 16, 2019
I just learned about Steven; we are about the same age. May his memory always be for a blessing.
October 19, 2018
To Steven's family, I do not know you. I have never met you. Your son was an American hero, someone who makes me proud to be an American. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Rohan Goswami
May 27, 2018
Not knowing your son Steven personally doesn't make a difference. I grieve still for the loss of your son and who he was. My hope is that he will always be remembered for what he accomplished and the love he shared while living.
Gayle Blackerby
November 24, 2016
Valenda Newell
November 15, 2015
Out of unspeakable horror comes hope and light. The initiatives of scholarships and policy change will assure that Steven's name when spoken, and his memory, will forever be a blessing!
donna & john shepard
November 15, 2015
I had the absolute honor of attending Kimball Union Academy with Steven. The Steven I knew was one of the kindest, funniest, outgoing, most genuine person you could meet. There weren't enough hours in a day for Steve to accomplish everything he wanted, but I can honestly say he lived life to the fullest every single day. He took advantage of everything the world had to offer, and decided he wanted a hand in changing the world we live in. In light of the recent tragedies in Paris and continuing acts of terrorism, I am increasingly more aware of the necessity of journalists, and the role they play in our daily lives. Steven paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country and his dream, and he transitioned to one of the funniest guys I ever knew, to the BRAVEST person I have ever known. Steven has woken me up to what's going on in the world around us, and I could not thank him enough. He has made an everlasting impact on my life. Steve, Art, Shirley and Lauren- you will always be in my heart and I promise to do whatever I can to help continue Steven's legacy! "Everyone has two lives"
Jaime Freeman
November 5, 2015
Steven will always and lovingly be in our hearts and in our thoughts. His incredible courage and conviction will never be forgotten and will inspire us forever.
Ilene Weinberg
November 2, 2015
Steven was such a sweet and gentle soul who only wanted to tell the story from the point of view of those so deeply affected by conflict. What happened to him and the others is such a tragic event and a constant reminder that it could be anyone's son, child, brother, sister who is cut down for standing up for the innocent. In Steven's case it was because he wanted to share their stories with the rest of us. So proud of you Steven and the man you became. May your memory be for a blessing.
Nadine Foldes
November 2, 2015
I haven't seen Steven in person since 2009 at my Bat-Mitzvah at the wall in Israel. He was the only guest that attended, and that is very special to me. Not a day goes by that I don't think about him and his courage and inspiring hopes and dreams. In the midst of my first year in college, I aspire to stay determined for success, just like Steven. I hope to see more butterflies around. Miss you, cuz!
Carly Weiss
November 1, 2015
Our son Jim and Steven were both courageous American heroes of press freedom and brothers in captivity. They challenge us to continue their commitment, courage and compassion.
With love and deepest condolences,
Diane & John Foley
September 22, 2015
On this Yom Kippur, please be comforted by knowing that during his captivity two years ago, Steven found a way to fast and pray on Yom Kippur... telling them he felt ill so he wouldn't have to eat, and turning his angle toward Jerusalem when they were facing Mecca to pray. While he had to hide that he was Jewish, he never lost his faith. May your faith be strengthened by his devotion. Sending love and light this Kol Nidre.
Tracy Ellyn
December 26, 2014
Steven when they took you away from me they ripped out a piece of my heart and all I can say is I will miss you so very much. You were my special Kid and no one can take that away from us. And I have 31 yrs of great memories that will be kept in my heart.
Lewis Bleiman
October 17, 2014
To the Sotloff Family

My prayers and condolences to you. There are no words that can express the horror of what happened. Only the memory of a wonderful son that gave his life to try and bring peace to this world. I will remember him as a young boy when I met him at a home show many years ago. May
G-D grant you peace.
Gail Scopinich
September 27, 2014
I am terribly sorry for the senseless killing of Mr. Steven Sotloff. He certainly lived life fully and embraced his calling by going to the Middle East and living there, learning Arabic, and the customs and rituals of the indigenous people. It takes a bravery and real purpose to do that. He also seemed committed to his faith. Being a spokesperson for those in war torn regions appeared to be his mission. He must make his parents and sister proud. I am so sorry to learn of his death as he seemed to be kind, intelligent, and passionate about journalism. When I hear "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd, I will think of him. Prayers and peace for Steven and his family. -Paula in Western Mass.
paula Arends
September 12, 2014
My heart breaks for your family. I pray you will be comforted in the coming days knowing a nation grieves with you.
Beverly
September 11, 2014
SOON THE WICKED WILL BE NO MORE,GOD WILL WIPE OUT EVERY TEAR FROM OUR EYES.WE WILL FIND EXQUISITE DELIGHT IN THE ABUNDANCE OF PEACE..PSLM.37:10,11...NC
September 9, 2014
You are in my prayers. Hold tight to your strength and know you will meet again in Paradise.
Rebekah V.
September 8, 2014
"Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth," (Matthew 6:9-10). Please, Heavenly Father, let there be peace on earth very soon. With our deepest sympathy!
John and Brenda
September 8, 2014
Let's pray there comes a time when rational thinking prevails. A time when dealing with issues of any kind no longer involve violence or a gun. My heartfelt prayers and sympathy are with the Sotloff Family.
-Parker
September 8, 2014
I'm sorry for your loss. We look forward to a time free from war as described in Psalms 37:11
Jared
September 8, 2014
GOD BLESS
sherry arechiga
September 7, 2014
I am so very sorry for your loss. It never should have happened. My prayers to you.
Patty Severud
September 6, 2014
Freddie Rhett
September 6, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Alishia
September 6, 2014
I did not know him, But I'm sure he was a fine man,God Bless Him! They will pay for this, I know that for a fact !Chuck Fisher
September 6, 2014
Prayers ~
September 6, 2014
I am so very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort give you the peace that surpasses all thought during this difficult time. (Philippians 4:6,7)
kate
September 6, 2014
To Steven's mother and his family - our hearts break with yours. we weep with you and hold you close in our hearts. A loss to you and to the world. Mothers all over the world hold you fast in our thoughts and send our love and support. a mom in California
September 6, 2014
I'm so sorry to the Sotloft family. I can't imagine the sadness and needless sense of loss you feel. Bless you. Rest in peace dear Steven Sotloft.
Cathy Harrison
September 6, 2014
My condolences go out to the family. This was such a tragic loss. We look forward to no more wars. Isaiah 2:4
S Hudson
September 6, 2014
May God bless you. Mary
Mary Mason
September 6, 2014
May the beautiful memories of Steven provide solace and strength to you and your family during this difficult time. May you find much comfort in God's promises of life without end in Paradise. Matthew 5:5 , Acts 25:15
Alex Lee
September 6, 2014
May God comfort your hearts during this time of grief.Find comfort ln knowing that joy will come in the morning.lean on God's lovlng arms ln the trying days ahead.
E. C.
September 6, 2014
My heart aches for all who knew this brave man....my tears cannot express how truly sad and SENSELESS this was. He is in my thoughts and many, many others. Take care of each other.
Johnson-Montoya
September 6, 2014
Montoya
September 6, 2014
I am so sorry for the loss of your son and brother. Know that the work he did is respected as he is in our memory. Blessings to all.
patricia ebnit
September 6, 2014
May you RIP Steven.... Although, we had never met, you were an honorable man, a neighbor, a friend to so many here in South Florida and across the world... God Bless You... Prayers and Blessings to your Mother, Family and Friends... May God Bless You All... SHALOM...
Sophia Birlidis
September 5, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss.
Donna Nichols
September 5, 2014
My heart goes out to the Sotloff family. Steven is in a much brighter place. May god have mercy on our souls.
E Leary
September 5, 2014
Sincere condolences to the family of Steven Sotloff:
Please know that others care and send their love to you during this time of grief. Our Heavenly Father is the foremost one that is able to comfort us in times such as these that we have no words for. Philippians 4: 6,7 tells us not to be anxious over anything, but pray to God and he will give you peace. I pray you find peace in the coming days and months.
Teena Fountain
September 5, 2014
Mr. Sotloff was a courageous man. He remained firm knowing what was coming. Prayers to his family during this very difficult time. God bless!
Erik Butters
September 5, 2014
May the eternal light shine upon him.....
James Willner
September 5, 2014
Another heroic Angel has enter the arms of Gods everlasting love and comfort. My heart aches for what Steven endured in the hands of pure evil. He truly will not be forgotten for giving his precious life while trying to make a difference in a world that is spinning out of control. My thiughts and prayers go out to his family and friends who are grieving. God will light your way with love, hope and comfort. My arms reach out to you all with huge hugs and gratitude for your gift you gave to us all. Farewell Steven.
Dorothy Partington
September 5, 2014
I pray for peace and comfort for Steven's family, friends and co-workers. He paid the price for our freedom, and I thank him for the ultimate sacrifice.
Melanie Edwards
September 5, 2014
Dear Sotloff Family, My heart aches for you; I pray that God gives you great strength in all the days to come. May Steven rest in peace, and may you find comfort in knowing that so many are thinking and praying for you all. My deepest condolences.
Kristen
September 5, 2014
we are so deeply saddened by the news Of Steven sotloff. We send or love, prayers, thoughts and condolences to the sotloff family and ask who knew him.. I didn't know him although you don't have to know someone in order to know they were a good person . he died trying to fight for what was right and there is no bigger hero than that hero says that other than ours our armed services. may he rest in peace in the arms of our Lord and Savior and may his family rest peacefully each night and wake up easily each morning knowing knowing that he is no longer in distress or pain he is finally free
Alexiz Ceja
September 5, 2014
WE ARE SENDING OUR LOVE,PRAYERS,&CONDOLENCES TO THE SOTLOFF FAMILY,FRIENDS&ALL WHO KNEW MR. SOTLOFF.
KEN&MARY O'DANIEL
September 5, 2014
May the family and friends of Steven find peace in knowing the tears they shed are not in vain.
Psalm 39:12; 56:8
September 5, 2014
Our sincere condolences for your loss. RIP Steven!
Allison
September 4, 2014
Rest in Peace.May you watch over you family, friends and colleagues. May your family be surrounded by prayers, love and blessings.
Garcia Family
September 4, 2014
Heaven has another Angel!!! He is watching over all of you!! God Bless each of you and may god give you peace during this time of sorrow!!!
Catherine Pannell
September 4, 2014
So senseless all this was!! I pray for his family the pain must be so great. RIP
KAREN WALKER
September 4, 2014
LS
September 4, 2014
To the family, there are many of us who are saddened with you. May this promise help you cope with your tremendous loss.
(Isaiah 2:4) . . .And he will certainly render judgment among the nations and set matters straight respecting many peoples. And they will have to beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war anymore. . .
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September 4, 2014
Dear Shirley, My heart goes out to you and your family. We worked together at the Beth Am Preschool about 15 years ago. My prayers are with you
Cindy Rothberg
September 4, 2014
To the family I express condolences. Now Steven has the opportunity to be chosen as one of those "meek" ones who the Lord ,at Matt 5:5,says will someday inherit the earth. Respectfully yours
G H
September 4, 2014
rip
michelle plakas-kaiser
September 4, 2014
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
JUDY
September 4, 2014
I am so sorry for what these people did to you! May you rest in peace in the arms of our Lord. Thank you for your service!!!
Martha L. Gomez
September 4, 2014
WE PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILY.
SUCH A TERRIBLE LOSS.
UNCALLED FOR.
WE PRAY THAT THOSE GUILTY WILL BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE.
PRAISE GOD, STEVEN IS RESTING SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS.
B & LIZ, FLA.
September 4, 2014
May he rest in the Lord love !
September 4, 2014
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
rosie alvarez
September 4, 2014
Sotloff Family,we extend our heartfelt sympathy to you.Our prayers and thoughts are with you.May our Lord and Saviour give you comfort and peace in your hearts today and the days ahead.Respectfully yours,
Dennis,Frances,Richey,Kevin & Marveen
September 4, 2014
Steven, you were a voice for the voiceless. You did an outstanding job & you did not die in vain. For such an honorable man to have been murdered the way Steven was is an absolute atrocity. To his family; we are so sorry for your loss and pray for God to give you strength & peace in the days ahead. May God bless you all. Shalom...
Psalms 121...
the Longoria family
September 4, 2014
RIP Mr. Sotloff to his family you are in my prayers I have a son the same age and I feel for you all during this painful time. Please remember walk by FAITH and not by sight.
Bermuda
September 4, 2014
God be with all of you. All who did this will be punished maybe not on this earth but in Heaven. I will always pray for you.
cindy
September 4, 2014
To the Sotloff family,
We are so sorry for the tragic loss of your brave, beloved son Steven. We pray that God give you peace & comfort all the days of your lives. Thank you for raising such a beautiful person.
The Veno Family
September 4, 2014
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
G. Freeman
September 4, 2014
Condolences to the family of Steven Sotloff. Such courage demonstrated so that people like me could read the truth.
Diana Jennings
September 4, 2014
My heart goes out to you for the loss of Steven. May cherished memories of him bring you peace.
Mary Louise C
September 4, 2014
sharon colley
September 4, 2014
To the family of Steven Sotloff - Steven represented what so many people aspire to achieve - meaningful, selfless work that told the story of so many who could not speak the words themselves. I did not know Steven or your family, but my heart breaks for you. My sincere condolences.
Jeannee
September 4, 2014
So sorry for your loss of Steven at such a young age. May your memories of him bring good thoughts. My sincerest condolence.
B Lucas
September 4, 2014
Steven, you are with God now and you will have eternal rest and peace. To the Sotloff family, God be with you at this time and know prayers are being said for your family.
Kristine P.
September 4, 2014
Steven truly is in heaven! God bless his family in their grief in the days and months ahead. Be assured of our prayers!
Patty
September 4, 2014
Thank you for your bravery and effort in spreading truth, knowledge, and understanding to the rest of the world. May you and your loved ones find peace.
September 4, 2014
Condolences to Steven's family.
Lynn
September 4, 2014
Barbara S
September 4, 2014
To the family of Steven, please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time in your lives. We all yearn for better conditions. It's refreshing to know that God's word speaks of a time when all sorrows will be gone and that mankind will live in beautiful surroundings with nothing to fear.-Isaiah 65:17,21-24.
John
September 4, 2014
Journalist always put their lives at risk to cover the reality of what's going on around the world. We appreciates their hard work they perform, and I want to express my sincere condolences for the loss of Steven Sotloff. I yearn for the day that no other life is lost this way. Our Heavenly Father is close to the brokenhearted and those crushed in spirit, May God grant you the strength and comfort to deal with this difficult moment.
Lil'
September 4, 2014
My sincere and deepest condolences to Steven's family. He made the ultimate sacrifice knowing the danger. I pray for your strength & to help you go on. Much Love, Phyllis
Phyllis Bauer
September 4, 2014
Hoping the family will find peace in their lives once again someday.
Andrea
September 4, 2014
Please accept my sincere condolences.
I am very sorry.
Peter J. Chilos
September 4, 2014
Julie
September 3, 2014
God bless this brave soul.
September 3, 2014
Please know that many have you in their thoughts and prayers. I am devastated and pray that God remains at your side. Steven will remain in my heart always.
September 3, 2014
God be with your family and friends . And thanks for all you did ..
Davidson
September 3, 2014
It breaks my heart. My prayers are with you.
Laurie Magnabosco
September 3, 2014
I will never forget the ultimate sacrifice you made as you attempted so bravely to be a voice for those who needed your help.
September 3, 2014
My thoughts, prayers and condolences to Steven's mother, family and friends. Steven's goodness, humanity and bravery are a testament to his upbringing and an inspiration to us all. May the Lord place his hands over your hearts to ease your pain and suffering during this difficult time.I join my fellow Americans in prayer for him, his family and for peace in the world.
Judith
September 3, 2014
With a heavy heart please accept my deepest condolences. Such a senseless tradgedy! My prayers are with you through this diffucult time.
Peggy
September 3, 2014
I don't even begin to understand what you all must be feeling. Just know American citizens are behind you. Praying that the Lord comforts you in the days to come.
Amanda Haynes
September 3, 2014
Rest in peace Steven. You are now in a better place.
Danielle Kolick
September 3, 2014
My deepest sympathy to your family. What a tragic and unnecessary loss. May he rest in peace.
September 3, 2014
May the Beautiful Memories of your loved one provide Solace and Strength to you and your family during this difficult time. May you also find comfort in God's promise of life without end in Paradise. Matthew 5:5 , Acts 25:15
Jillian
September 3, 2014
With deepest sympathy and prayers for the family and friends.
Kathy Hudgins
September 3, 2014
My deepest condolences to Arthur, Shirley, Lauren and all family members and friends for Steven. My God comfort you.
Mary Dagostino
September 3, 2014
May he rest in peace
Lorraine R
September 3, 2014
What a tragic loss - My deepest sympathies on the loss of your beautiful son
L M Herzog
September 3, 2014
Praying for your comfort at this time of tragedy.
Carrie Saxe
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