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Flags to fly half-mast for Sotloff in US state of Florida
Miami, September 05, 2014
First Published: 09:23 IST(5/9/2014)
Last Updated: 09:25 IST(5/9/2014)

Flags will fly half-mast Friday in the US state of Florida, where the family of beheaded US journalist Steven Sotloff lives, its governor said.

Sotloff, 31, was beheaded by Islamic State militants in a video released Tuesday, two weeks after the similar video of US journalist James Foley was posted online.

"In honor and in memory of Steven Sotloff, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the state of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the state of Florida," Governor Rick Scott said in a statement.

Sotloff was kidnapped April 4, 2013 in Aleppo near the Turkish border, but his abduction was kept secret after his family requested a media blackout.

His family Wednesday paid tribute to the slain journalist, remembering him as a thoughtful man who enjoyed simple pleasures and was fascinated by the Middle East.

Sotloff was a freelance reporter who had written for Time magazine, Foreign Policy and other outlets. He was born in Miami.

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