Kayla Mueller lived a life serving others, but it was cut short after being held captive by the Islamist terror group ISIS as President Obama confirmed her death Tuesday.
Mueller was captured in northern Syria in 2013 and militants held her hostage until her family paid nearly $7 million by August 13, 2014.
“Mueller fell into the hands of hostage-takers in August 2013 in Aleppo, Syria, her family said, after leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital,” according to reports said KPRC.
There’s no information as to what happened after that date, but as of Friday ISIS claimed Mueller -had been killed in a building that was hit during a Jordanian airstrike. The White House then released confirmation after reviewing evidence sent to the family in a private message.
“Once this information was authenticated by the intelligence community, they concluded that Kayla was deceased,” National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said Tuesday.
Mueller was a graduate from Northern Arizona University and used her passion for helping others by working with humanitarian groups in northern India, Israel and Palestinian territories.