- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Marquette University in Milwaukee is remembering an alumnus who was held hostage and killed last year by the Islamic State group while working as a journalist in Syria.

Hundreds of supporters attended a mass of remembrance Sunday for James Foley at the Church of Gesu on the university’s campus. Father Fred Zagone unveiled and blessed a portrait of the journalist during the mass, before leading a procession to Marquette University’s Alumni Memorial Union, where the painting was hung outside the union’s chapel.

Foley’s parents traveled from New Hampshire to attend the service.

A 5K run honoring Foley is taking place on the Marquette University campus Saturday and a rosary for peace ceremony will be held Sunday to commemorate his 42nd birthday.

Foley was kidnapped by Islamic State militants in 2012 and beheaded last August.

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