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Parents: Kayla Mueller's boyfriend tried to save her against their advice
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Parents: Kayla Mueller’s boyfriend tried to save her against their advice

The parents of slain Arizona aid worker Kayla Mueller advised their daughter’s boyfriend not to risk his life in an attempt to rescue her.

Carl and Marsha Mueller of Prescott, Arizona, said Omar Alkhani told Kayla’s captors they were married but her honest denial may have kept her imprisoned by Islamic extremists.

“We told him not do it,” Marsha Mueller said in a “Today” show interview broadcast Tuesday.

“He went in, anyway,” Carl Mueller said.

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Kayla Mueller’s death was confirmed by the federal government earlier this month.

The Northern Arizona University graduate was an international aid worker. She and Alkhani, a Syrian photographer, were taken hostage by IS militants in August 2013.

He was released a month later.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.