British aid worker David Haines devoted his life to helping civilians in war zones and that is how he should be remembered, his family said Sunday as they grieved his death at the hands of Islamic State militants in Syria.
Haines — the third Westerner beheaded in recent weeks by the Islamic State group — had entered humanitarian work with enthusiasm, his brother Mike Haines said in a statement.
“He helped whoever needed help, regardless of race, creed or religion,” he said of his brother.
Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it saw no reason to doubt the authenticity of the video, which followed other videos that showed the beheadings of two U.S. journalists.
Islamic State extremists had threatened Haines’ life in an earlier video released nearly two weeks ago before releasing the video of the beheading on Saturday.
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