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Prescott playground dedicated to Kayla Mueller open

Posted at 10:53 AM, Aug 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-27 14:49:50-04

The hometown of an Arizona woman who was captured and killed by Islamic State militants now has a playground in her memory.

The family of Kayla Mueller is leading the grand opening of Kayla's Hands Playground in a Prescott park Saturday.

The Kiwanis Club of Prescott and a foundation in Mueller's name oversaw efforts to raise money to construct the play area.

Mueller's father, Carl Mueller, is a member of the Kiwanis Club.

Organizers say the playground pays tribute to Mueller's dedication to helping children.

A humanitarian aid worker, the 26-year-old was taken hostage in August 2013 after leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, Syria.

She was held for 18 months.

Her family and the Obama administration confirmed her death in February 2015.