The Rumsey Hall School community in Washington, Connecticut, is mourning the death of journalist Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.
"Rumsey Hall mourns the tragic loss of beloved student and classmate Steven Sotloff, a member of the graduating class of 1999. Steven is remembered as a kind, intelligent boy with a natural instinct for connecting people and building relationships. At this time of profound loss the School Community is heartbroken for Steven's family and extends its most sincere condolences," said Headmaster Thomas W. Farmen, in a statement Wednesday.
Rumsey Hall is a boarding school serving students in Kindergarten through ninth grade, according to the school's Web site. The school is located on Romfrod Road in Washington Depot.
Sotloff was one of two American journalists recently beheaded by ISIS militants. Washington Post photojournalist James Foley was executed two weeks ago in response to U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.
ISIS released videos of both beheadings, which have been verified by U.S. officials.
The group has threatened to decapitate a third hostage, a former British soldier.