Family of U.S. hostage slain by al Qaeda: He would have wanted more dialogue
(CNN) — The family of American photojournalist Luke Somers, who was held hostage and then killed by al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, did not know of U.S. efforts to rescue him until the terrorist group released a video of him pleading for his life last week, family members told CNN on Monday.
Somers and South African Pierre Korkie, a teacher, were fatally shot amid a failed U.S. military raid to rescue them Friday.
The family was not asked to sign off on the U.S. effort to free Somers, his stepmother Penny Bearman and sister Lucy Somers said.
Some family members condemned the rescue bid as endangering life, though the general feeling is that more should have been done sooner, they said.
“We feel that Luke’s stance would have been that more discussion should have taken place between the countries concerned and that these crises should be solved with more dialogue and less conflict,” Bearman and Somers said.
The hostage takers did not communicate directly with Somers’ family, so if there were any specific demands, they were given to the U.S. government in private, the two women said.