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UMass Amherst Mourns Death of Alumnus James Foley


AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — Reaction to the killing of American journalist James Foley has been pouring in from around the world, including from UMass Amherst.

Foley was abducted in 2012 and held for nearly two years. Islamic state militants posted an internet video Tuesday, showing his murder and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq.

Foley graduated in 2003 from the UMass Amherst’s MFA Program for Poets and Writers.

The university released a statement Wednesday, saying:

“The reported death of American journalist James Foley, a University of Massachusetts Amherst alumnus, brings great sorrow and grief to the university community.

Foley is remembered as a courageous journalist who spent his time reporting stories from some of the world’s most dangerous places. He was abducted while on a reporting trip in northern Syria in November 2012, and reports indicate he has been killed by Islamic extremists operating in Iraq and Syria.

Foley, whose home state is New Hampshire, is a 2003 graduate of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst. The UMass community offers heartfelt wishes of support and healing to his family and friends in this most difficult time.”

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