Rochester to name community center for slain journalist James Foley

  • James Foley in Syria in 2012. GEOFF FORESTER

Published: 5/2/2021 12:36:34 PM

The city of Rochester is naming its community center for freelance journalist James Wright Foley, who was kidnapped and beheaded by Islamic State militants in 2014 while reporting on the conflict in Syria.

The celebration will be livestreamed on May 4 at 5:30 p.m.

The City Council voted April 6 to rename the building to the James W. Foley Memorial Community Center to honor James, who grew up in the area.

“Our entire family is so deeply honored by the City of Rochester to have Jim remembered in such a meaningful way“, his mother, Diane Foley, said in a statement.

Diane Foley is founder of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, which advocates for the freedom of all Americans held hostage abroad and promotes the safety of journalists worldwide.

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