Kayla Mueller, a young ambitious 26 year old aid worker, has much to be looked up to in regards for her bravery and ambition to help others. Â The tragic death of such an aspiring individual has hit the hearts of many people around the world. Â Mueller had been bent on humanitarian work from a young age, according to her family.
On Tuesday, it was confirmed by the White House and Kaylaâ€™s family in a press release by her parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller and brother, Eric:
“We are heartbroken to share that we’ve received confirmation that Kayla Jean Mueller, has lost her lifeâ€¦ Kayla was a compassionate and devoted humanitarian. She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice, and peace.”
“We are so proud of the person Kayla was and the work that she did while she was here with us. She lived with purpose, and we will work every day to honor her legacy.”
The list of Muellerâ€™s work as a young woman is outstanding in terms of her determination to help others who are most in need. Â She began her humanitarian efforts volunteering throughout her teenage years on the genocide in Darfur and into her undergraduate years at Northern Arizona University, where Kayla ambitiously continued to make an impact by founding her universities student chapter of Amnesty International.
After graduating, Mueller continued her humanitarian work overseas in Â India and in the Middle East. Even when returning home, her work did not stop there. She volunteered her time at a local HIV/AIDs clinic, but her ultimate passion and goal in life was to aid Syrian refugees brought on by the ongoing conflict.
In a letter (below) to her family which was given by a cell mate who was released, Mueller stated that she was treated â€œwith the utmost respect and kindnessâ€ and encouraging her family to stay strong:
“Everyone, If you are receiving this letter it means I am still detained but my cell mates (starting from 11/2/2014) have been released. I have asked them to contact you + send you this letter. It’s hard to know what to say. Please know that I am in a safe location, completely unharmed + healthy (put on weight in fact); I have been treated w/ the utmost respect + kindness.
I wanted to write you all a well thought out letter (but I didn’t know if my cell mates would be leaving in the coming days or the coming months restricting my time but primarily) I could only but write the letter a paragraph at a time, just the thought of you all sends me into a fit of tears.
If you could say I have “suffered” at all throughout this whole experience it is only in knowing how much suffering I have put you all through; I will never ask you to forgive me as I do not deserve forgiveness.
I remember mom always telling me that all in all in the end the only one you really have is God. I have come to a place in experience where, in every sense of the word, I have surrendered myself to our creator b/c literally there was no elseâ€¦. + by God + by your prayers I have felt tenderly cradled in freefall.
I have been shown in darkness, light + have learned that even in prison, one can be free. I am grateful. I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it. I pray each each day that if nothing else, you have felt a certain closeness + surrender to God as well + have formed a bond of love + support amongst one anotherâ€¦
I miss you all as if it has been a decade of forced separation. I have had many a long hour to think, to think of all the things I will do w/ Lex, our first family camping trip, the first meeting @ the airport. I have had many hours to think how only in your absence have I finally @ 25 years old come to realize your place in my life. The gift that is each one of you + the person I could + could not be if you were not a part of my life, my family, my support.
I DO NOT want the negotiations for my release to be your duty, if there is any other option take it, even if it takes more time. This should never have become your burden. I have asked these women to support you; please seek their advice. If you have not done so already, [REDACTED] can contact [REDACTED] who may have a certain level of experience with these people.
None of us could have known it would be this long but know I am also fighting from my side in the ways I am able + I have a lot of fight left inside of me. I am not breaking down + I will not give in no matter how long it takes. I wrote a song some months ago that says, “The part of me that pains the most also gets me out of bed, w/out your hope there would be nothing leftâ€¦” aka-­-The thought of your pain is the source of my own, simultaneously the hope of our reunion is the source of my strength.
Please be patient, give your pain to God. I know you would want me to remain strong. That is exactly what I am doing. Do not fear for me, continue to pray as will I + by God’s will we will be together soon.
All my everything, Kayla
Washington is putting full blame on ISIS for the death of Kayla Mueller. According to ISIS, who had captured Mueller in August of 2013, she was killed in Syria by a coalition airstrike. There is no proof or evidence to confirm that Mueller was killed by an airstrike leaving U.S. officials unable to determine how Mueller was killed and her time of death.
Mueller is the fourth American hostage to have been killed by ISIS.