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ISIS Video Claims To Show Beheading Of Second U.S. Journalist With NH Ties

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BEIRUT (CBS/AP) — An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group.

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.

Foley was from Rochester, New Hampshire.

Sotloff also had ties to New Hampshire.   He graduated from Kimball Union Academy, a private boarding school in Meriden, in 2002.

“The Kimball Union community is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of alumnus Steven Sotloff ’02,” Kimball Union spokeswoman Julia Brennan said in a statement. “He was an active and involved student whose interest in journalism was evident early on.”

Brennan said Sotloff was a loyal and connected alumnus and served as his class reporter since he graduated.

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

In the video distributed Tuesday and entitled “A Second Message to America,” Sotloff appears in a similar jumpsuit before he is beheaded by an Islamic State fighter.

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