PHOENIX, Ariz. – A humanitarian aid worker from Arizona who was captured and held by the Islamic State group until her death in 2015 was recently honored with an award for courage and leadership.

Kayla Mueller was posthumously awarded the McCain Institute’s Award for Courage and Leadership, The Daily Courier reported. Her parents, Carl and Marsha, accepted the award at a ceremony in New York City on Nov. 10.

During the ceremony, Kurt Volker, the executive director at the McCain Institute, said Mueller embodied what it meant to be “generous, compassionate and, above all, to possess tremendous courage.”

“For her service to communities in need and for her grace in enduring unspeakable trials, the McCain Institute is pleased to honor her legacy with the Award for Courage and Leadership,” Volker said.

Mueller’s parents Carl and Marsha also gave a few words during the ceremony, saying that Kayla would be “deeply humbled and honored” by the award.

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