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James Foley's parents describe eye-opening experience for son at Marquette

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The parents of Islamic terrorist victim James Foley said his college years at Marquette opened his eyes to the plight of others.

On MSNBC Friday morning, John and Diane Foley talked about their 40-year-old son -- a freelance journalist who was beheaded by the Islamic State after being kidnapped in Syria in late 2012.

Speaking from their home in New Hampshire, the Foleys said their son never saw poverty and human disadvantage until he came to Milwaukee for his schooling at Marquette.

Diane said James Foley was a "joyful, happy kid" until he saw the suffering in Milwaukee, where he worked with kids without parents who couldn't afford breakfast.

In the years that followed, she said her son's heart "grew and grew, to encompass all those people who needed help ... who needed their stories told."

Diane Foley said James "began to love all -- and that was his biggest gift to the people he met ... his love and his help."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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