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Kayla Mueller's Family Releases Her Last Letter

It's the 2nd letter they've released to media
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2015 10:16 AM CST
Kayla Mueller's Family Releases Her Last Letter
In this May 30, 2013, file photo, Kayla Mueller is shown after speaking to a group in Prescott, Ariz.   (AP Photo/The Daily Courier, Matt Hinshaw, File)

(Newser) – Kayla Mueller's family previously released what was billed as her last letter to them, but now they've released another, and this one is reportedly the final communication they received from her before she was killed while an ISIS captive. Today has it in full. "Once again you are being contacted by prisoners who have been released," it opens. "As I said in my last letter (that I pray you received from the three women) I am OK, healthy, remaining strong and being treated kindly. Do not worry ... I love you all." She goes on to ask them to pray, then shares part of a song she wrote for "little Lex" with the line, "Oh my Grace. I close my eyes, you bring me home."

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"I look towards the day when I can sing to her the rest. I do not know what you have told her, but if it's appropriate, tell her Auntie Kayla sends her big hugs and kisses," she writes. "Tell her I am very sad that I am far and that we cannot Skype like before, but when I come home we can play, make music together and have so much fun ... She's my little Grace and I love her so much." Once again, she signs the letter, "All my everything, Kayla." Click for the full letter, as well as other writings her family has shared. Mueller's dad, Carl, says in a Today interview that the US put "policy" ahead of a citizen's life. In the same interview, which aired today, Mueller's brother says her situation got worse after the US swapped five Taliban commanders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in May, the AP reports. "That's when the demands got greater," he says. "[ISIS] realized that they had something." (Read more Kayla Mueller stories.)

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