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Kidnapped freelance reporter celebrates birthday in Syria

UNDATED, WI (WTAQ) - A Marquette University graduate who was kidnapped in Syria last Thanksgiving turns 40 on Friday. 

James Foley has been missing ever since he was abducted by two unidentified gunmen.  It happened when his vehicle was stopped as he was driving toward Syria's border with Turkey. 

Foley was a freelance reporter at the time for the Global Post, an online news outlet based in Boston. 

His mother says there will be a worldwide vigil for Foley at five o'clock today. 

Foley graduated from Marquette's Milwaukee campus in 1996 with degrees in history and Spanish. 

He and three other journalists had been held in Libya for 45 days in 2011, while they were reporting for the Global Post on Libya's civil war. 

He has also done reporting in Iraq and Afghanistan.