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Feb 26, 2015 6:36 PM

Remembering James Foley - The first known beheading victim of Mohammed Emwazi


New Hampshire's James Foley is the first known beheading victim of Jihadi John.

Freelance journalist and videographer James Foley was 40 years old when he was beheaded at the hand of the masked ISIS terrorist now identified as Mohammed Emwazi.

Foley was raised in New Hampshire. His family still lives in Rochester.

In November of last year NH1 News spoke with his parents. John Foley said, "I wish he were here, but if one has to die he certainly sacrificed for a very important mission.

Diane Foley said, "We're very proud of him. very proud."

Foley was abducted in November 2012 as a war correspondent during the Syrian civil war. He gave his life to tell the story of human rights abuses.

Foley's father said, "He brought joy into the world for lots and lots of people and helped most anybody he met, so he died for freedom of the press. And he along the way helped so many people."

Fellow freelance journalist Nicholas Henan shared a cell with Foley for seven months. He said, "It's two dozen Westerners held together in a room coming from 14 countries. Even though this captivity was difficult we still managed to have some good times together. I'm trying always to remember these good times."


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