An American freelance photojournalist missing since being abducted in Syria some 22 months ago was beheaded by an Islamic State militant in a graphic video released Tuesday.
Titled “A Message to America,” the gruesome clip shows a masked militant saw away at the neck of James Wright Foley, a 40-year-old New Hampshire native captured in Binesh, Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012.
The man's mother, Diane Foley, confirmed her son's death in a heartbreaking statement.
“I call on my friends, family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the US government. For what will happen to me is only a result of their complacency and criminality,” Foley reads as he kneels beside an armed militant.