Foley’s Parents Remember Son: ‘The More He Saw Suffering, The More His Heart Grew’

James Foley’s parents spoke to Morning Joe Friday morning and remembered their son as a courageous and passionate advocate for the unfortunate, who used his privileged upbringing to alleviate others’ suffering, even down to his cellmates in captivity.

Foley’s mother Diane recounted the last time he was home, when she begged him to stay for Christmas rather than returning to the Middle East. Foley was captured in Syria on Thanksgiving 2012 and beheaded by ISIS earlier this week.

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“He said, ‘Oh ma, I have to go back,'” Diane said. “He had made promises. He was so committed to the people whose suffering was trying to humanize. He wanted to know the world how people were suffering. Particularly the children, he touched him so much. He raised money for an ambulance, because people were being brought to the hospital in ambulance. The more he saw the suffering the more his heart seem to grow.”

“We were proudest of Jim when we were able to interview the released hostages,” Foley’s father John said. “And they told of his courage, his commitment to helping all these people in the box, making sure that they have enough to eat, negotiating with the guards, while all the time being punished physically and emotionally.”

Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:

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