MADISON, Wis. — As the world struggles to come to terms with the tragic and brutal death of journalist James Foley, his adopted family at Marquette University weeps for one of their own.

Wednesday was supposed to be a life-affirming day for the Catholic, Jesuit university located in the heart of Milwaukee. Instead, Marquette welcomes 2,000 freshman on “move-in” day with a mixture of joy and profound grief.

“The Marquette community is deeply saddened by the death of alumnus and freelance journalist James Foley,” a 1996 Marquette graduate, the university said Wednesday in a statement. “We extend our heartfelt prayers and wishes for healing to James’ family and friends during this very difficult time.”