Breaking: ISIS Hostage Kayla Mueller Confirmed Dead

PolitiChicks.comIt took a few days for me to mentally process that ISIS kidnapped a fellow Northern Arizona University alumni, and reports are now confirming that she has been killed.

Last Friday, my Facebook timeline was filled with articles about Kayla Mueller, a NAU alumni who was kidnapped at the hands of ISIS. As I read the articles and saw her picture, I couldn’t help but feel a pit in the bottom of my stomach. These stories were now hitting much closer to home.

Tears welled my eyes as I scrolled through the posts, one after another. Handfuls of people I went to college with were posting articles about her, even those who are politically apathetic.

Terrorism and ISIS was no longer something talked about on TV or in the media. It was now in our own backyard. To a fellow Lumberjack. Suddenly, the “War on Terror” took on a whole new meaning.

This wasn’t just a national problem, this was now a personal problem. This was now a personal fight.

Muller graduated from NAU (my alma mater) in 2009, just a year before I attended the university. She went to Syria as a humanitarian worker to help assist those in a war-torn country. In August of 2013, ISIS kidnapped her.  According to a statement released by Senator John McCain’s office, Mueller “was taken captive by ISIL terrorists while leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, Syria” back in August of 2013.

Based on various reports, the Mueller family were still holding out hope that Kayla was alive. Out of fear of upsetting ISIS, the family refused media interviews, as directed by the terrorist group. They had reached out to those ISIS members who are believed to have captured Kayla.  They did everything they were supposed to do–but ultimately it didn’t matter.  The latest media attention occurred after ISIS members claimed Mueller was killed by a Jordanian air strike but there was no proof. Today, however, the U.S. has confirmed that she is dead.

“Our hearts are breaking for our only daughter, but we will continue on in peace, dignity, and love for her,” her family said in a statement.

My thoughts and prayers go out to a fellow Lumberjack and her family. I hope and pray that now that her family has the answers they are looking for they can now mourn their loss.

To the Muellers: Your daughter spent her life spreading love and hope to those who so desperately needed it. She made a difference that only a few selfless people can. Though she made the ultimate sacrifice, please know that her life wasn’t lost in vain.

Beth Baumann

Beth Baumann is a California native, who grew up with an interest in politics from a young age. Beth attended Northern Arizona University, where she was a member of the NAU Conservatives, an activist organization dedicating to spreading conservative ideals. She also founded the NAU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, took part in the Flagstaff Smart Girl Politics chapter and helped a local conservative run for Flagstaff City Council. Beth has received national attention due to the First Amendment restrictions on her college campus. She defended her Freedom of Speech when she was ridiculed for handing out flags in remembrance of 9/11. Although she faced misconduct charges, up to and including expulsion, she stood by her Constitutional rights and beliefs. With the help of the Leadership Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she was eventually exonerated of all charges. During her tenure, she was copy editor for the newspaper, marketing director and film festival director for the campus TV station, and news correspondent for political talk radio. Beth was the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management. Beth works at a well established public relations firm in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events. Follow Beth on Twitter: @eb454

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