Interfaith Service Held to Remember Hostage Killed in Iraq

September 24, 2004

Source: News 11

On September 24, 2004 News 11 reported, "An interfaith candelight prayer vigil was held Thursday evening for executed American hostage Jack Hensley. About 250 people attended the service held on the square in Marietta, [Georgia]. Hensley's family was not in attendance. They are expected to attend a service scheduled for this Saturday. The leaders of the First Baptist church and the leaders of the Masjid al-Hedayah mosque in Marietta, Ga., worked together to organize the prayer vigil. 'We have been diminished by his death,' said the Rev. Jerry Gladson of First Christian Church of Marietta during the service. 'But, his life and his death have enhanced our own lives.' 'We are gathered here as brothers and sisters, condemning in the strongest possible sense the barbaric execution of Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong,' said Soumaya Khalifi, of the Atlanta chapter of the Islamic Speakers Bureau. 'We pray to our creator to give the Hensley family patience and we also pray for peace in the world'... Members of the Muslim community said they wanted to publicly condemn the hostage-taking and killings in Iraq. They said such acts were a betrayal of their faith... Hensley's family received confirmation Wednesday that his body had been found in Iraq. The militant group of Tawhid and Jihad claimed responsibility for kidnapping Hensley and two of his co-workers in Baghdad last Thursday. They decapitated Hensley a day after executing Eugene Armstrong, an American from Michigan."