Miami-Dade County

Politicians, colleagues and friends react to the beheading of South Florida journalist Steven Sotloff

“Here is what they need to understand — Steve Sotloff was a Floridian, but more importantly he was an American. If you attack one American, you are attacking all Americans. Last week President Obama said that his Administration does not at present have a strategy for dealing with ISIS — these immoral evil people. I think I can speak for all Floridians and all Americans when I say that the time for a strategy is now, and part of that strategy needs to include destroying them.” — Gov. Rick Scott

“Today we mourn the death of Miami native son, Steven Sotloff, at the hands of the brutal and evil ISIS terrorists. Our deepest condolences go out to his parents and his entire family. The cruelty shown to Steven is in stark contrast to the courage and bravery he displayed both as a journalist and an American. Our hearts are with the Sotloff family at this time of grief, and we pray for an end to this terrorist violence.” — Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez

“This heinous and revolting behavior is a particularly chilling example of the threat that Islamic militants in the global jihadist movement poses worldwide, the same threat faced by Israel on several fronts from associated terrorist groups in the region. We know that all people of good will join with us in condemning ISIS for this horrific act and call on the international community to bring Steven’s murderers to justice. Our hearts and prayers are with the Sotloff family. May Steven’s memory forever be for a blessing.” — Greater Miami Jewish Federation

“I cannot imagine coping with the pain Shirley and Art must be feeling right now as they lose a son due to a savage terrorist organization and my heart and prayers go out to their entire family. This atrocious and brutal act shows that ISIL’s cruelty knows no bounds and that it has no respect for human life. ISIL is a global terror group that espouses an ideology that poses a grave threat to regional security as well as U.S. national security interests both at home and abroad.” — U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

“The Muslim community is shocked and they have condemned the killing of James Foley and Steven Sotloff. These are not considered acts of a true Muslim. We pray for the safety of everybody against this heinous crime of those so-called Muslin defenders. And we share the grief of the Sotloff family. Whatever the Muslim community can do to help alleviate the loss and grief we will do.” — Shabbir Motorwala, Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations

“Steven’s balanced and earnest approach to journalism was met with love by many in the Middle East, but with brutal disdain by those whose tactics stood in such clear contrast to his own. Through Steven’s execution, ISIL has demonstrated yet again its limitless capacity for cruelty and its unbridled hatred of freedom-loving people everywhere. ISIL continues to establish that its violent grasp for regional control represents a threat to the American people, our allies, and the principles of freedom and human rights that we cherish.” — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Steven Sotloff. Let there be no doubt, we must go after ISIS right away because the U.S. is the only one that can put together a coalition to stop this group that’s intent on barbaric cruelty.” — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson

“On behalf of the community of the Islamic Center of Greater Miami, I would like to state that we strongly condemn the beheading of Steve Sotloff. It is against the basic principles of Islam to kill innocent lives. Our hearts and prayers go out to Mr. Sotloff's family and friends.” — Dr. Abdul Hamid Samra, Imam of the Islamic Center of Greater Miami

“Everyone's been concerned. Everyone is grieving. It's terrible. I've been praying for him.” — Pepe Cazas, neighbor of Sotloff’s parents in Pinecrest

Sotloff “gave his life so readers would have access to information from some of the most dangerous places in the world.” — Nancy Gibbs, editor of Time magazine

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