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In Miami, Obama meets with family of slain journalist Steven Sotloff


As part of his visit to Miami, President Obama met Thursday with the family of Steven Sotloff, the journalist who was killed last year by Islamic State.

According to the White House, Obama met with Sotloff's parents, Art and Shirley, and Sotloff's sister Lauren. The family is from Pinecrest.

"The President expressed his and the First Lady's condolences for Steven's death," the White House said. "He appreciated the chance to hear from the Sotloffs more about Steven's work as a journalist, including his passion for bringing the stories of people who are suffering to the rest of the world in the hope of making a positive difference, including in Syria.

"The President also recognized the family's '2Lives: Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial Foundation,' which was created to provide support and assistance to journalists reporting from conflict torn areas of the world."