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Marquette community honors James Foley with 6:00 p.m. vigil

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Marquette community honors James Foley with 6:00 p.m. vigil

By Courtny Gerrish. CREATED Aug 25, 2014 - UPDATED: Aug 26, 2014

MILWAUKEE - The Marquette community will come together Tuesday, Aug. 26 to remember James Foley. The Marquette graduate was executed by ISIS terrorists last week.

Ask anyone on the Marquette campus and they will tell you it's a close knit family.  Now the university is coming together with Jim Foley's family and friends to make sure his passion and kind heart live on.
 
MU grad James Foley chronicled the suffering of modern war.  From Afghanistan to Libya to Syria he put himself in constant danger.  Kidnapped two years ago in Syria, he was missing  until last week when Foley was beheaded by ISIS terrorists.
 
"We certainly have gotten an outpouring of support from the community," Marquette Spokesman Andy Brodzeller tells us.  He says Foley's alma mater is now doing what it can to honor Foley and his passion. 
 
A vigil is planned for Tuesday night at Gesu Church. Marquette also worked with friends and family to establish a scholarship fund.  "People can honor Jim and what he did for all of us, which is provide a really great example of what it means to be a Marquette student," Brodzeller points out.
 
Sophomore Haley Koren comments, "He was a really, really well loved guy on campus." She's from Phoenix.  Foley taught in a low income elementary school there right after college.  Koren says that community is also reeling.  "He was a mentor to a lot of kids who didn't come from really good homes."
 
Foley's faith is what drove him and that is reflected in his last letter, released by Foley's family.  "I pray for you to stay strong and believe.  I really feel I can touch you even in this darkness when I pray."
 
His mother Diane thanks the world for its support of her son. "Jim's strength and love was the answer to prayer. Jim was held up by all that prayer." 
 
The vigil is at 6 p.m. at Gesu Church.
 
Courtny Gerrish

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Courtny Gerrish started at TODAY'S TMJ4 on March 13, 2006. A graduate of Indiana University, Courtny first called Evanston, Illinois home.