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Memorial service held for Steven Sotloff

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By Brian Entin

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - Almost 1,000 people remembered South Florida journalist Steven Sotloff at a memorial service Friday in Miami-Dade County.

He was killed by the terrorist group ISIS.

The service was terribly sad but also uplifting when friends and family talked about Sotloff's brave spirit and desire to tell the stories of innocent people from the most dangerous parts of the world.

A rabbi started the service by asking is there a greater sorrow than this? He said that Steven was killed not because of who he was, but because of what he represented: freedom.

His parents spoke about a young man with a desire to pursue his dreams from the Middle East despite their reservations about it, but, they said, they have peace knowing he lived his dreams. "He saw people as people and cared for them and wanted to honestly tell their story, and that is how I am going to remember him," said Temple Beth Am Rabbi Terry Bookman.

"I just felt almost like I knew him which I didn't. I just came to honor him and all our people who are in harm's way," said Pinecrest resident Martha McMullen.

Sotloff's father said he lost his best friend, but, he knows, his passing will change the world.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio said what happened to Steven is a reminder to everyone about what evil exists in our world.

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