Kayla Jean Mueller graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2009. She worked with humanitarian aid groups in northern India, Israel, and the Palestinian territories. She then returned home to Arizona and worked for a year at an HIV/AIDS clinic and volunteered nights at a women’s shelter. In December 2012, she went to the Turkish and Syrian border and worked with aid groups helping Syrian refugees.
In May 2014, Mueller was kidnapped by ISIS. They had reportedly demanded more than $6 million for her release and is believed to have sent a video of Mueller wearing a burqa and pleading for her life to her aid worker colleagues last August. According to a statement released by Islamic State militants, Mueller allegedly died during an hour-long strike by Jordanian forces on the jihad’s’ north Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. Her death has not been verified and could easily be a “stunt” by the terror group to lay blame for the woman’s death at the door of Jordan.
The Interior Minister for Jordan said the statement is false and ISIS was trying to cause problems within the nation’s leadership.
Our prayers are with Mueller and her family during this horrific time.