LONDON (AFP) – A memorial service was held Saturday for British aid volunteer Alan Henning, who was beheaded by Islamic State extremists in Syria.
His widow Barbara told the private service at Eccles Parish Church in Manchester, northwest England, that the 47-year-old taxi driver was a “selfless and caring” man. They had a son and daughter.
The family were joined by the brother and daughter of David Haines, from Scotland, who was also murdered by IS extremists.
Henning had travelled to Syria to help his Muslim taxi driver colleagues deliver aid to their fellow believers in a convoy.
He was kidnapped shortly after crossing the border in December last year and his murder was claimed by the IS group in a graphic video released on October 3.
“We must never forget the reason why he went to Syria and the reason he was taken from us – for being what we all should be: selfless and caring,” Barbara Henning said.
Henning was the fourth Western hostage murdered by IS militants since August.