D-backs to wear patch to honor local aid worker who died in Syria
The Arizona Diamondbacks will wear a black patch with "KAYLA" on it in spring training games Tuesday through Sunday in memory of Kayla Mueller, the young Arizona woman who died in captivity in Syria.
D-backs president Derrick Hall said the way the 26-year-old humanitarian aid worker "gave back to the world around her embodied many of the core values" of the Diamondbacks organization.
He said that Mueller "will always have a place in the history of Arizona" and that the Diamondbacks are "deeply saddened by her loss."
Mueller was held for 18 months by the Islamic State in Syria before she died in early February. Her parents have started a nonprofit organization called "Kayla's Hands" designed to further her humanitarian efforts locally and internationally.