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Saturday 18 January 2020

'There is no reason for more slaughter'

Diane and John Foley talk to reporters after speaking with U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 outside their home in Rochester, N.H.
Diane and John Foley talk to reporters after speaking with U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 outside their home in Rochester, N.H.

Nick Allen

The family of James Foley last night called his killers "just evil" and said their son was a "hero" who represented "the best of America".

Speaking outside their home in Rochester, New Hampshire, where a faded yellow ribbon was tied around a tree, John and Diane Foley called their son an "inspiration" and told how he "would not want us to hate or be bitter".

Mr Foley said they wanted to "beg compassion and mercy" for Isil hostage Steven Sotloff, adding: "There's no reason for this slaughter." But they also claimed more could have been done to help their son.

Mr Foley said: "Jim is free. We know he's in God's hands. He's in heaven. We're so proud of him. None of it makes any sense. We miss his courage, his love, his determination, his laugh and his smile.

"He was motivated by what he thought was doing the right thing."

Mrs Foley said: "Jim is just innocent and they knew it. It's that hatred that Jim was against.

"We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world."

"He was a courageous, fearless journalist, very compassionate American. I mean, the best of America… He was just a hero."

James (40) was the eldest of five siblings, including two brothers in the US military, and a sister who is a nurse in the US Navy.

Irish Independent

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