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Hundreds Remember Abdul-Rahman Kassig At Memorial Service

Barbara Harrington

Hundreds of mourners poured into Butler University’s Clowes Memorial Hall for a funeral service honoring aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig last night.

ISIS released a video last week revealing they’d killed the Indianapolis native. 

The memorial service was centered around an important aspect of Abdul-Rahman Kassig’s life – his faith.

It honored both his Methodist upbringing and his recent conversion to Islam.

Friends say Kassig voluntarily chose to embrace the religion while in captivity and changed his name from Peter to Abdul-Rahman.

Senior Pastor at Epworth United Methodist Church Bill Hoopes says Kassig’s story  should inspire others.

"Peter’s life calls us to build on the new conversations that have begun among the Islamic and Christian  communities in Indianapolis and forge a new way of being with one another," says Hoopes. "And let those conversations be a catalyst for change.

The Syrian American Medical Society announced during the service that they’ve created a special fund in Kassig’s name, to continue his mission of providing aid in Syria.

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