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Priest says family of James Foley doesn't want to hate captors

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Friends and family are mourning the loss of James Foley in his hometown of Rochester, New Hampshire.

Hours after a video showing his execution was released online the family met with their pastor.

“Jim's mother said to me, just before I left, she hugged me and said ‘please pray for me that I don't become bitter, I don't want to hate' and that's what it's about,” Father Paul Gousse said.

Many neighbors and local businesses are also showing support.

Outside Sherri McSheehey's business a sign reads “Our hearts & prayers are with the Foley family.”

“They have community support and if there is anything they ever want, to let us know,” she said.

Gousse said James Foley spoke to a group at the church after a separate kidnapping in Libya in 2011.

“He said to the people who were gathered ‘I knew you were praying for me. I could feel it, it's what sustained me and gave me hope,'” Gousse said.

Funeral services for Foley are still being organized.

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