James Foley honored at UMass by friends and family

Foley was a freelance journalist who went to Syria in 2012 to cover the country's civil war

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Friends, family members and future journalists have gathered at UMass to honor the memory of murdered journalist James Foley.

Foley was a freelance journalist who went to Syria in 2012 to cover the country’s civil war. He was captured and beheaded by Islamic State militants. ISIS published video of Foley’s killing in August 2014.

Foley’s parents want future journalists to understand what risks they’re willing to take. They said, “We want them to be aware of the risk, so that they can decide if this story that they want to tell worth the risk? Is it worth their life?”

The documentary film, “Jim: The James Foley Story,” won an Emmy this weekend. A two-day Symposium to Honor James Foley continues through tomorrow at UMass.

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