- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly is urging Indiana residents to pray for the family of a former Army Ranger who militants in Syria have threatened with beheading in an online video.

The Indiana Democrat expressed sympathy for Peter Kassig’s (CASS’-ig) parents during what he called “an unimaginably devastating situation for any parent to endure.”

He urged people to pray for the 26-year-old Indianapolis man’s parents and respect their privacy “as they seek to navigate this heartbreaking situation.”

Republican Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement his prayers are with Kassig and his family “during this unspeakably difficult time.”

Kassig traveled to Lebanon in 2012 to work as a medical assistant.

A video released Friday appears to show Kassig kneeling as a militant says the Islamic State group will kill him next.

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