The 18-year-old fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer didn't face any juvenile charges at the time of his death and never was charged with a serious felony such as murder, robbery or burglary, a juvenile court system lawyer said Wednesday.
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - The family of Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist beheaded by Islamic State militants, said on Wednesday he was "a gentle soul", and challenged the group's leader to a debate on the peaceful teachings of the Muslim holy book, the Koran. President Barack Obama vowed to "degrade and destroy" the group. Barak Barfi, a friend of Sotloff who is serving as family spokesman, began a prepared statement from the family in English, remembering the slain journalist as a fan of American football who enjoyed junk food, the television series "South Park" and talking to his father about golf. The 31-year-old Sotloff was "torn between two worlds," the statement said, but "the Arab world pulled him." "He was no war junkie ... He merely wanted to give voice to those who had none," Barfi said outside the family's one-story home in a leafy Miami suburb.