Published: Sep 05, 2014 7:17 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 05, 2014 10:32 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Today Governor Rick Scott is ordering all flags in the state of Florida to be flown at half-staff to honor journalist Steven Sotloff.

Sotloff, a former University of Central Florida journalism student from Pinecrest, was brutally murdered by Islamic State militants earlier this week.

The 31-year-old was a freelance journalist for "time" and "foreign policy" magazines. He is the second American journalist murdered by ISIS.

Today there will also be a service in memory of Sotloff at Temple Beth AM in Pinecrest. The service starts at 1:00PM and is open to the public.