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Pain and progress: How Steven Sotloff's family has coped with his death on world stage

MIAMI "I am the mother of Steven Joel Sotloff, who was brutally murdered Sept. 2, 2014, by ISIL. The anniversary of his death is coming up and we would like to write an obituary." Since their son was beheaded in a video broadcast to the world, the Sotloff family has grieved privately, working quietly on memorials and scholarships in their son's memory. They haven't spoken much about their son or their own lives after the horror of his murder by an Islamic State executioner. But with the pain and anger still raw, Shirley and Arthur Sotloff feel the U.S. government didn't do enough to bring Steven home alive. As the milestone of his death approached, the Pinecrest...