Slain journalist remembered at Conn. school

In this file still image from an undated video released by Islamic State militants on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff being held by the militant group. (AP Photo)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The nation continues to mourn the loss of American journalist Steven Sotloff who was executed by ISIS militants earlier this week. Sotloff received part of his education at a boarding school in Connecticut.

Sotloff grew up in Miami, and went to college in both Florida and Israel. But some of his schooling also took place at Rumsey Hall, which is located in Litchfield County in the town of Washington. It’s a private school for kids who are in kindergarten through 9th grade. The school confirms that Sotloff did graduate from there.

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News 8 went up to Rumsey Hall Thursday to try and talk to the headmaster, Thomas W. Farmen. He was nice enough to meet with us, but out of respect for the family he did not want to go on camera. He did, however, refer us to the following statement:

“Sotloff was a beloved Rumsey Hall student and classmate. He was a graduate from the school in 1999. At this time, this is a profound loss and the school community is heartbroken for Steven’s family.”

Farmen says the school is still grieving the loss of Sotloff and that his family is beyond devastated given the circumstances surrounding his death.

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