Washington: The 'heartbroken' parents of Peter Kassig, who was seen beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) militants in the video released by the group last weekend, said that they will forgive their son's killers in time.
The 26-year-old US aid worker, Peter Kassig was the fifth western hostage to be beheaded by the IS terrorist group.
Kassig's father, Ed and mother Paula wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter - 'Our hearts are battered, but they will mend'.
“The world is broken, but it will be healed in the end” - Ed and Paula Kassig parents http://t.co/wqywYLvVIV
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Ed and Paula Kassig also delivered a brief joint statement from their hometown of Indianapolis, asking people to give the family some time and privacy to "mourn, cry and forgive" and that their hearts are battered by the incident, reported the Daily Star.
"We are heartbroken to learn that our son, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, has lost his life as a result of his love for the Syrian people and his desire to ease their suffering," Ed and Paula Kassig had earlier said.
Yesterday, they had issued an statement saying that both the parents were waiting for conformation of their son's death.
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Later, President Barack Obama confirmend the death of Peter Kassig.
"Fed by a strong desire to use his life to save the lives of others, Abdul-Rahman was drawn to the camps that are filled with displaced families and to understaffed hospitals inside Syria," his parents wrote.
"We know he found his home amongst the Syrian people, and the hurt when they were hurting."
Kassig founded an aid group through which he trained some 150 civilians to provide medical aid to people in Syria. His group also gave food, cooking supplies, clothing and medicine to the needy.
"We are incredibly proud of our son for living his life according to his humanitarian calling," the Kassigs wrote, using the Twitter handle @kassigfamily.
"We remain eternally grateful for the many, many words of support and prayers from all over the world on our son`s behalf."
They said they were also "heartbroken" for the families of other Western captives beheaded by IS -- American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and British aid workers David Haines and Henning.
The former American soldier, who converted to Islam and changed his name to Abdul-Rhaman Kassig, was captured by the IS militants in October 2013.
In an October 3 video showing the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning, Kassig was threatened to be killed.
The beheading video , showing a masked man standing over a severed head, was released by the terror group on Saturday.