Rep. Gosar Issues Statement on the Death of Prescott, Arizona Native Kayla Jean Mueller
Washington, DC, February 10, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the White House confirmed the death of Prescott, Arizona native Kayla Jean Mueller, who had been kidnapped by ISIS terrorists in Syria:
“I am profoundly saddened to learn of Kayla Jean Mueller’s death. I offer my deepest condolences to the Mueller Family during these trying times. The world has learned a great deal about Kayla in these past few days, and the consensus is that she represents the best of humankind.
“As an American, Kayla was afforded rights that are not considered universal to so many others around the world. But she did not take them for granted. She felt these freedoms were a calling to make sacrifices for those less fortunate and to give hope to the seemingly hopeless. Kayla’s was a beautiful life, and her works are a beacon of light in a world that is too often filled with darkness.
“Since Friday, my office’s phone lines have not stopped ringing with thoughts of love and prayer for Kayla’s safe return. The world stood in awe of her remarkably brave and selfless actions that have transcended race, religion and geographic barriers. I can only imagine the solemn pride that Kayla’s parents must feel for raising a woman who made such a positive impact on so many.
“Arizona, as well as our nation, has lost a piece of its heart—an ambassador of good will. But this nation never relents, and it never gives up. The American people must be resolved now to bring justice to Kayla’s captors. We must put an end to this monstrous violence based on intolerance. We must endeavor to remain brave and strong in the face of those who wish to terrify, just as Kayla did.
“I ask that all Americans keep Kayla and those who loved her in their thoughts during this extraordinarily difficult time.”