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ROCHESTER, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) -- Ever since their son's kidnapping, the Foley's have kept a candle burning in the window of their home.

Even after reports of his death in Syria, the candle continued to burn.

Foley disappeared in Syria in November of 2012, while working as a journalist. Neighbor Ann Smith said "That's what he loved, and he wasn't going to give it up."

Neighbors say as time passed, they continued to hold on hope that he would be freed. The Foley family had that same hope.

Reports came in Tuesday afternoon from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, claiming to have beheaded Foley. There is also a graphic video that purportedly shows Foley reciting threats against America before is he executed by an ISIS militant.

Tuesday night, a message from James' mom appeared on the "Free James Foley" Facebook page. In her message, she said "We have never been prouder of our son Jim." She went on to say "We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person."

And even those who don't know the family say that this is difficult for them - and it makes the conflict in the Middle East seem so close to home.

"It's horrible," said Jason Bussey, another neighbor of the Foley's. "I didn't know him personally but being a couple streets over, it does hit home."

The Foley family is asking for privacy as they open their home to their pastor, and keep that candle burning into the night.

The Associated Press reports that President Obama is expected to make a statement about Foley's death Wednesday.

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