President Obama met Thursday with the family of Steven Sotloff, an American journalist killed by the Islamic State last year.
Mr. Obama met with the Sotloffs in Miami, where the president attended two Democratic party fundraisers Wednesday night and on Thursday toured the National Hurricane Center.
“The Sotloffs live in Florida, so this was an appropriate occasion for the president to visit with them,” Bernadette Meehan, spokesperson for the White House’s National Security Council, said in a statement. “The president expressed his and the first lady’s condolences for Steven’s death. He appreciated the chance to hear from the Sotloffs more about Steven’s work as a journalist, including his passion for bringing the stories of people who are suffering to the rest of the world in the hope of making a positive difference, including in Syria.”
Sotloff went missing in Syria in 2013. In September 2014, he was beheaded on camera by Islamic State fighters.
He was the second U.S. journalist killed by the terrorist group. The first, James Foley, was beheaded on camera in August 2014.
Two other Americans also have been murdered by the Islamic State.