Group organizes vigil for slain journalist James Foley


ROCHESTER, N.H. (MyFoxBoston.com) — More than 100 people came to a vigil organized in memory of slain journalist James Foley, some coming as far away as New Jersey. His parents also attended.

The candlelight vigil took place Saturday at the Rochester Commons from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The nonprofit group that organized the vigil, NuDay Syria, says it wants to honor freedom and Foley's belief in freedom for all, including the Syrian people who have been fighting against an oppressive regime. The group is an advocate for displaced Syrian girls and women who need help providing for their families.

The event became a spontaneous outpouring of appreciation for Foley and his work. Foley's parents spoke at the end of the vigil. His mother said that she prays that everyone can work to be committed to peace like her son was.

Representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations also took part in the vigil.

The 40-year-old Foley was killed this past week by Islamic State militants. He was abducted in November 2012 while covering fighting in Syria.

A special Mass was scheduled on Sunday at Foley's church, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, in Rochester at 2 p.m.