"Jim was just innocent, and they knew it," his mother said. "It's that hatred that Jim was against."
In Foley's hometown of Rochester, N.H., the community has come together to show support. Father Paul Gousee says it's very personal for the town.
"I know that this has international ramifications, but this is personal for us," he said. "And when one member of the family hurts, we all hurt. So we're all struggling.”
A local bar owner said Foley's friends have been stopping by and exchanging stories about the journalist.
"I've heard a lot of stories of how brave he was over there and how he helped a lot of people, including the other captives," he said.
There will be a special service at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Rochester Sunday at 2 p.m. and another special memorial on Foley's birthday, Oct. 18.