- Associated Press - Saturday, August 27, 2016

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on a playground dedicated to slain Islamic State hostage Kayla Mueller (all times local):

3:39 p.m.

The hometown of an Arizona woman who was captured and killed by Islamic State militants has dedicated a playground to honor her.

U.S. Sen. John McCain joined the parents of Kayla Mueller in giving remarks at the grand opening of Kayla’s Hands Playground in Prescott on Saturday.

According to organizers, McCain spoke of Mueller’s passion for helping others in some of the “darkest places on Earth.”



The Kiwanis Club of Prescott and a foundation in Mueller’s name oversaw efforts to raise money to construct the playground.

A humanitarian aid worker, the 26-year-old was taken hostage in August 2013 after leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, Syria.

She was held for 18 months.

Her family and the Obama administration confirmed her death in February 2015.

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9:56 a.m.

The hometown of an Arizona woman who was captured and killed by Islamic State militants now has a playground in her memory.

The family of Kayla Mueller is leading the grand opening of Kayla’s Hands Playground in a Prescott park Saturday.

The Kiwanis Club of Prescott and a foundation in Mueller’s name oversaw efforts to raise money to construct the play area.

Mueller’s father, Carl Mueller, is a member of the Kiwanis Club.

Organizers say the playground pays tribute to Mueller’s dedication to helping children.

A humanitarian aid worker, the 26-year-old was taken hostage in August 2013 after leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, Syria.

She was held for 18 months.

Her family and the Obama administration confirmed her death in February 2015.

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