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Peter Kassig: Hostage, 26, Defies ISIS Before Cruel Beheading

Mon, November 17, 2014 1:18pm EDT by Emily Longeretta 2 Comments
Peter Kassig Behead
Courtesy of CNN

Peter Kassig never gave up — the soldier turned aid worker defied his captors until the last moment, refusing to give a statement before getting beheaded.

On Nov. 16, a graphic video was released of a man with a British accent dressed in black robes. Next to him was the head of Peter Kassig, the 26-year-old aid worker, who may have refused to make a propaganda statement before his killing — the first of the five who were gruesomely beheaded.

Peter Kassig Beheaded

A masked fighter, reportedly known as Jihadi John, referred to Peter’s silence during the video, saying that the hostages before him had spoken for him — David Haines, Alan Henning, James Foley and Steven Sotloff each made statements before their horrible deaths.

“This is Peter Edward Kassig, a US citizen of your country who repeatedly fought against the Muslims of Iraq while serving as a soldier under the American army, doesn’t have much to say,” the man said on the video. “His previous cellmates have already spoken on his behalf.”

Peter served in the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment and was deployed to Iraq in 2007. After he left the service, he went to Beirut in March 2012 and worked on a Palestinian refugee camp.

Peter Had ‘Never Took The Easy Route’

“I think he refused. He was a man of principle and wouldn’t give into intimidation from thugs. He never took the easy route,” Michael Downey, a close friend told

Additionally, Security Expert Will Geddes, said that his silence “could have meant he refused to cooperate.” He also added that Peter had converted to Islam and he may have realized he would be killed either way.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Peter’s friends and families.

— Emily Longeretta

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