The parents of Kayla Mueller have confirmed the death of the ISIS hostage with most tragic evidence possible.
Mueller’s parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller, have received a photos of the young woman’s body, according to the Washington Post.
“We are heartbroken to share that we’ve received confirmation that Kayla Jean Mueller has lost her life,” the Muellers 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.”
U.S. officials confirmed the death Tuesday.
“The family received a private message from Kayla’s ISIL captors containing additional information. Once this information was authenticated by the intelligence community, they concluded that Kayla was deceased,” National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said.
CBS reported President Obama phoned the Mueller’s Monday night to express his condolences before releasing a statement Tuesday.
“In how she lived her life, she epitomized all that is good in our world,” Obama said in a statement. ”She has been taken from us, but her legacy endures, inspiring all those who fight, each in their own way, for what is just and what is decent.
“No matter how long it takes, the United States will find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla’s captivity and death,” he added. “On this day, we take comfort in the fact that the future belongs not to those who destroy, but rather to the irrepressible force of human goodness that Kayla Mueller shall forever represent.”
Officials have not confirmed if Mueller died in a Jordanian air strike as ISIS claims.
Her family also shared a letter Tuesday that Kayla wrote them while being held captive in the spring of 2014.
Everyone, If you are receiving this letter it means I am still detained but my cell mates (starting from 11/2/2014) have been released. I have asked them to contact you & send you this letter. It’s hard to know what to say.
Please know that I am in a safe location, completely unharmed & healthy(put on weight in fact); I have been treated w/ the utmost respect & kindness. I wanted to write you all a well thought out letter (but I didn’t know if my cellmates would be leaving in the coming days or the coming months restricting my time but primarily) I could only but write the letter a paragraph at a time, just the thought of you all sends me into a fit of tears.
If you could say I have “suffered” at all throughout this whole experience it is only in knowing how much suffering I have put you all through; I will never ask you to forgive me as I do not deserve forgiveness.
I remember mom always telling me that all in all in the end the only one you really have is God. I have come to a place in experience where, in every sense of the word, I have surrendered myself to our creator b/c literally there was no else….& by God & by your prayers I have felt tenderly cradled in freefall. I have been shown in darkness, light & have learned that even in prison, one can be free. I am grateful.
I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it. I pray each each day that if nothing else, you have felt a certain closeness & surrender to God as well & have formed a bond of love & support amongst one another…
I miss you all as if it has been a decade of forced separation. I have had many a long hour to think, to think of all the things I will do w/ Lex, our first family camping trip, the first meeting @ the airport. I have had many hours to think how only in your absence have I finally @ 25 years old come to realize your place in my life.
The gift that is each one of you & the person I could & could not be if you were not a part of my life, my family, my support. I DO NOT want the negotiations for my release to be your duty, if there is any other option take it, even if it takes more time. This should never have become your burden. I have asked these women to support you; please seek their advice. If you have not done so already, (NAME REDACTED) can contact (NAME REDACTED) who may have a certain level of experience with these people.
None of us could have known it would be this long but know I am also fighting from my side in the ways I am able & I have a lot of fight left inside of me. I am not breaking down & I will not give in no matter how long it takes.
I wrote a song some months ago that says, ‘The part of me that pains the most also gets me out of bed, w/out your hope there would be nothing left…’ aka - The thought of your pain is the source of my own, simultaneously the hope of our reunion is the source of my strength.
Please be patient, give your pain to God. I know you would want me to remain strong. That is exactly what I am doing. Do not fear for me, continue to pray as will I & by God’s will we will be together soon.
All my everything,
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