Memorial service set for Steven Sotloff

Family, friends to memorialize former UCF student beheaded by ISIS

PINECREST, Fla. – A memorial service will be held Friday for the journalist and former University of Central Florida student who was beheaded by the Islamic State group ISIS.

The public service is set to begin at 1 p.m. at Temple Beth Am on Southwest 88th Street in Pinecrest, WPLG-TV in Miami reported.

Sotloff, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syria in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit against the backdrop of an arid Syrian landscape, Sotloff was threatened in that video with death unless the U.S. stopped airstrikes on the group in Iraq.

In a video entitled "A Second Message to America," Sotloff appears in a similar jumpsuit before he is beheaded by a masked Islamic State fighter.

Sotloff spoke to the camera before his execution, saying he is "paying the price" for U.S. intervention.

Sotloff's family members have asked for privacy while they grieve.