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Mourning family of murdered US reporter James Foley prays for fellow hostages

Published on Aug 25, 2014 4:26 AM

ROCHESTER, United States (AFP) - The family of murdered US journalist James Foley offered prayers for the safety of is fellow hostages in Syria on Sunday as they prepared to take part in a memorial mass.

Foley's parents John and Diane Foley were joined by family-members, well-wishers and representatives of the world media for a mass in his home town of Rochester, New Hampshire.

Before the service, they told AFP that they hoped their son's legacy would be an inspiration to others supporting a free press and an end to suffering in war zones.

And they called for the safe return of other journalists kidnapped in Syria and beyond, including 31-year-old Steven Sotloff, another American freelance reporter who was held with Foley and has been threatened with death.

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