A member of a team of Christian activists kidnapped in Iraq last year has been confirmed dead.

Oxford Friends Meeting members have been holding a vigil once a week to pray for and remember four hostages in captivity in Iraq.

A group believed to be known as the Swords of Righteousness Brigade kidnapped four members of a "Christian Peacemaker Team" serving in Iraq Nov. 26. The group was originally supposed to be executed Dec. 10, but were later seen Jan. 31 in a video still alive.

The FBI verified that a body found in Iraq March 10 was that of Tom Fox, 54, of Clear Brook, Va., spokesman Noel Clay said. He said he had no information on the other three hostages.

Clay said he did not know how Fox was killed, but said additional forensics will be done in the United States. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is continuing the investigation he said.

Fox's family has bee notified, Clay said, and "our heartfelt condolences go out to them."

The group holding the hostages has repeatedly threatened to execute Christian Peacemaker Team members if allied forces do not release Iraqi prisoners.

Every Wednesday, a group from Oxford Friends Meeting, the Nottingham Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, comes together for a Christian Peacemaker Team Hostage Prayer Vigil.

Despite Fox's death, the group will continue to meet, though with heavy hearts, to pray for the safe and nonviolent release of the other three members of the Christian Peacemaker Team, according to members of the Oxford Friends Meeting. The vigil is open to the public, and anyone wishing to attend may do so Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. at 260 S. Third St. in Oxford.

Christian Peacemaker Team is a program of Brethren, Quaker and Mennonite churches and other Christians that supports nonviolence.

Fox was a member of a friends meeting in Langley, Va. He worked with members of Oxford Friends Meeting during the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends, which contains 49 meetings from central Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.

Fox was kidnapped along with James Loney, 41, of Toronto; Harmeet Sooden, 32, formerly of Montreal; and Norman Kember, 74, of Britain.

Members of Oxford Friends Meeting have held the hour of silence every week since December. Messages are given occasionally, but the hour is mainly dedicated to prayer and meditation.

The video, which was viewed Jan. 31, showing the four hostages still alive was time-stamped Jan. 21.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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