Hundreds gather at UCF to remember slain journalist

ORLANDO, Fla. - Hundreds of University of Central Florida students gathered on campus Wednesday night for a memorial to honor the memory of Steven Sotloff, the former student murdered by the terror group ISIS.

"I was really more about showing my support for a fellow UCF student, a fellow human being who was obviously treated inhumanely," said Jeramy Tache, a journalism student at UCF.

Tache sat facing a pool on campus flanked by fellow students, all there to mourn Sotloff.

"It's nothing that should ever happen to anybody who's just trying to do their job, who's just trying to do the right thing," Tache said.

The students who go to UCF now may not have shared a classroom with Sotloff, but all felt the loss seeing the former knight on his knees at the hands of his captors.

"It's heartbreaking and it's shocking because this is the kind of thing you see happening in movies and in television, so to face that this actually happened to one of our own is really hard to take in," senior Melissa Catalanotto said.

But even in a crowd strangers, a friend of and former rugby teammate of Sotloff's returned to campus to share in their heartbreak.

"He was just a really good guy, and I admire his passion for doing what he believed in and taking those risks," said Chris Nault.

During the brief memorial, students heard prayers and shared a moment of silence, thinking of their fellow former knight and the family he left behind.

"We're just hoping that they have comfort knowing that we're grieving with them," Catalanotto said.

The Obama administration said Wednesday it's considering its options to destroy the terrorist group responsible for Sotloff's death.

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