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8-Year-Old Boston Marathon Victim Made Plea for Peace Before Dying in Act of Terror


When horrible events occur like what happened at the Boston Marathon, I find it comforting to learn about the victims and focus my energy and thoughts on them and their hurting families rather than spend any time thinking about the bastards that do things like this.

His name is Martin Richard, he was 8-years-old from Dorchester, a community just outside of Boston and according to family and friends he loved to ride his bike. It is heartbreaking that this third grader is no longer with us, but hopefully the message he wrote on this poster for a school project will live forever, “No more hurting people. Peace.”

The photo was posted by Lucia Brawley, a friend of Martin’s former teacher, Racel Moo, on Facebook. Along with the photo, Brawley wrote, “His message resonates powerfully today. My prayer is that we all live by Martin’s words, paying tribute to his too-brief, but immesurably valuable life by following his example.”

In a written statement Martin’s father, Bill Richard said, “My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries. We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin.’’


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