UPDATE: 9/4 5:00am

PINECREST, Fla. (AP) - The family of a journalist slain by Islamic State militants says Steven Sotloff dedicated his life to portraying the suffering of people in war zones, but was ``no hero.''
Family spokesman Barak Barfi told reporters gathered outside the family's suburban Miami home that Sotloff ``tried to find good concealed in a world of darkness,'' and to give voice to the weak and suffering in the Arab world.
A militant video released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of Sotloff, who was kidnapped in Syria last year.
Barfi said Sotloff was ``no war junkie,'' but was drawn to the stories of the turbulent Middle East.
Barfi said Sotloff's family was grieving, but have pledged to ``not allow our enemies to hold us hostage with the sole weapon they possess - fear.''

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The execution of South Florida journalist Steven Sotloff hitting close to home at the University of Central Florida where he was a journalism student from 2002 until 2004.

Students say they can't believe he met his demise trying to cover the news in Syria and bring the plight of its people public.

That's why students are organizing a candlelight vigil tonight to pay tribute to Sotloff.

Grief counselors will be on hand to talk to anyone in need.

A memorial service will be held at 1pm Friday at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest.  

Sotloff attended a pre-school there and his mother is a teacher at the school as well.

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