NH Officials React to James Foley's Death - NECN

NH Officials React to James Foley's Death

News of Foley's gruesome death has left many distraught and shocked



    NH Officials React to James Foley's Death

    Word regarding the execution of New Hampshire journalist James Foley by ISIS militants in Iraq has spread across the world. The news of his gruesome death has left many distraught and shocked.

    Foley's family and friends reacted to the news and now many major officials across the Granite State are speaking out on the tragedy.

    Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter said her thoughts and prayers are with the Foley family.

    "I remember Jim Foley as a child and I will not allow evil to change the way I remember him," she said in a statement. "I will always choose to remember his goodness, his life, and his great family."

    Foley had been missing since Nov. 2012, when he was abducted outside an Internet café in Syria while working as a freelance journalist for Boston-based GlobalPost.

    Governor Maggie Hassan spoke highly of Foley, describing him as a "talented and fearless" photojournalist.

    "James Foley brought us images that connected us to events across the globe, illuminating stories of both heartache and hope and helping us better understand the world we all share. The appalling actions of ISIS are a crime against humanity and the values that we all hold dear. I join all Granite Staters and people around the world in mourning the tragic loss of James Foley, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones,” Hassan said.

    Foley's family had not heard from him directly this time and did not know who took him or why.

    Senator Kelly Ayotte was also blown away by the sickening news.

    “Our hearts are broken for the Foley family. James was an innocent civilian who was bravely performing his job as a journalist. This barbaric and heinous act shocks the conscience and highlights the truly evil nature of the terrorists we confront, who must be defeated. My thoughts and prayers are with James Foley’s family at this extremely difficult time," Ayotte said.

    Congresswoman Annie Kuster referred to Foley's execution as a "vile act, which was committed by truly evil individuals who must be brought to justice."

    The video released of Foley's death also shows a second man identified as an American journalist. It warns he could be the next captive killed.

    President Obama is expected to make a statement about Foley's death Wednesday.

    "Foley's murder was a cowardly act of terrorism. Thoughts are with his family and loved ones," said Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

    Senate hopeful Scott Brown released a statement on the horrid development saying, "If anyone needed further evidence of the utter inhumanity of Islamic terrorism, this is it. ISIS is pure evil, and they must be stopped."

    Senate candidate Jim Rubens said he and his wife are "deeply saddened" to hear of Foley's death.

    "As parents, we cannot even begin to fathom the pain that Mr. Foley's parents are experiencing and we offer our sincere condolences. I also extend my gratitude for the bravery that many journalists exhibit in documenting the world's events in places where many would not dare venture."

    Bishop Peter A. Libasci of the Archdiocese of Manchester also issued a statement calling Foley's execution "evidence of an unspeakable evil that is rampant and inhuman." He went on to offer prayers to Foley, his parents, and his friends.

    "May we also pray for those who have embraced the way of darkness and death, that they may turn away from this terrible evil now and forever," Libasci added.

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