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Memorial service held for IS victim Steven Sotloff

Nearly 1,000 mourners including relatives, friends and politicians, have attended a memorial service in Florida for US journalist Steven Sotloff, who was killed by IS militants.

The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday showing the murder of Mr Sotloff.

He is the second American journalist to be beheaded in two weeks over the group's confrontation with the US over air strikes in Iraq and its foreign policy.

Footage of James Foley being beheaded on August 19 shocked the world.

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Sotloff family: 'Steve wanted to give people a voice'

The family of murdered US journalist Steven Sotloff has paid tribute to their son in a moving statement following his death.

In a statement, a family spokesman said Sotloff "was no war junkie - he did not want to be a modern-day Lawrence of Arabia, he merely wanted to give voice to those that have none".

A family spokesman delivered the statement.

"Steve had a gentle soul that this world will be without, but his spirit will endure in our hearts. Today we grieve, this week we mourn, but we will emerge from this ordeal.

"Our village is strong. We will not allow our enemies to hold us hostage with the sole weapons they possess: fear."

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