Did Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary behead James Foley? The British rapper is the main suspect while many attend a mass held for the slain journalist. Both U.S. and British government officials have this British rapper on the list of potential suspects in the shocking beheading murder of James Foley. Many around the world saw the incident happen on a video that was released following the killing. Fox News shared the latest on this crime on Aug. 24.
ISIS beheaded James Foley last week as a warning to the United States government. He is the not only American held by the terrorist group. Following the reporters death, both British and U.S. officials began to look for the man responsible. He had a British accent that is normally found by residents of West London. Officials now believe 'John the Beatle' is Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary. He is one of three men suspected in the crime.
Who is Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary? He is a British rapper that has released his music via YouTube. His music did receive some popularity. His music became popular to receive airplay on BBC Radio back in 2012. He rapped under the name L. Jinny before he left for Syria to join the war last year. His father was extradited to the United States in 2012 because of his connections to Osama bin Laden. Bary has even rapped about his connections to Jihad. Some of the lyrics are as follows, according to The Inquisitr:
"It’s hard to progress in the future with a damaged past but still I try to count my blessings and I thank Allah. I’m trying to change my ways but there’s blood on my hands and I can’t change my ways until there’s funds in the bank. I can’t differentiate the angels from the demons, my heart’s disintegrating. I ain’t got normal feelings."
These lyrics give readers just a small look into the mind of this man. Government officials have not yet identified Bary as the main suspect officially, but sources have reported that he is one of the main suspects in the shocking crime. The Sunday Mirror revealed that 20-year-old Abu Hussain al-Britani, originally from Birmingham, and 23-year-old Abu Abduallah al-Britani are suspected in the beheading as well. The men form a group called 'The Beatles' have targeted westerners for kidnapping. Foley is one of those kidnapped. He was taken on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. This is before Bary arrived in Syria.
Family and friends remembered James Foley at a mass held in New Hampshire on Sunday. His mother stood up at the end of the mass to thank those that attended. People filled the church. It was standing room only. Danish photographer Daniel Rye Ottosen shared the text of a letter written by James Foley during his captivity. The journalist was not able to send the letter to his family, so the Danish hostage memorized the letter word for word. The letter said as follows, according to the Herald Sun:
"I know you are thinking of me and praying for me. And I am so thankful. I feel you all especially when I pray. I pray for you to stay strong and to believe. I really feel I can touch you even in this darkness when I pray. I have had weak and strong days. We are so grateful when anyone is freed; but of course, yearn for our own freedom. We try to encourage each other and share strength. We are being fed better now and daily. We have tea, occasional coffee. I have regained most of my weight lost last year."
His letter also contained a message for his grandmother, and he had every intention of returning home to take her out. However, that will not be the case. The investigation into his murder is still on going.