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Parents of Pinecrest journalist beheaded by ISIS will light Hanukkah candle in his honor

The parents of Steve Sotloff, a journalist beheaded by ISIS in September, will light the first Hannukah candle at a community celebration Tuesday in Southwest Miami-Dade in their son’s honor.
The parents of Steve Sotloff, a journalist beheaded by ISIS in September, will light the first Hannukah candle at a community celebration Tuesday in Southwest Miami-Dade in their son’s honor. Miami Herald File

The parents of Steve Sotloff, a journalist beheaded by ISIS in September, will remember their son by lighting the first Hannukah candle at a community celebration Tuesday in Southwest Miami-Dade.

The event, organized by the Chabad Center of Kendall/Pinecrest at 8700 SW 112th St., will begin at 6 p.m. and include the lighting of a large menorah, a show for children and traditional latkes and jelly doughnuts.

Arthur and Shirley Sotloff were asked to lead the public lighting because of the holiday's symbolism of bringing light to the dark, said the center's Rabbi Yossi Harlig.

Steve Sotloff “wanted to bring light to the darkness that goes on in some places in the world," he said. “He was also able to keep his faith in a very dark place.”

Sotloff, who grew up in Miami and attended the University of Central Florida, was abducted in Syria as he reported on the victims of the endless war in August of 2013. In September, the 31-year-old became the second hostage to be killed by the terror group and shared publicly. The group has since killed more hostages in a similar manner.

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