An Islamic website claims the second American hostage, Jack Hensley, has been killed. This comes 24 hours after the beheading of Eugene "Jack" Armstrong who grew up in Hillsdale.
U.S. officials have not confirmed the second death. The hostages were kidnapped Thursday along with another British man. There is no word that the British man is hurt.
The kidnappers reportedly belong to a militant group that is linked to al-Qaida and also claims responsibility for the beheading of Nicholas Berg. Tuesday, Secretary of State Colin Powell offered his condolences to the family.
Rick Gamber is a cousin of Armstrong's. He lives in Lansing and spoke with News Ten today. He says Armstrong was always someone who loved adventure. He went to Iraq to help bring peace and normalcy to the country. The family was apprehensive about his decision to go there and, now, they say their worst fears have come true.
They say they appreciate all the support the community has given as they are grieving. Gamber says while this is a tragedy and the family is devastated, they hope no one is seeking retaliation.