Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy from Massachusetts, loved climbing trees and jumping in mud puddles. On Monday, he stood near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, eating an ice cream cone with his family, when a bomb hit, killing him and critically injuring his mother and sister. Today, a candle burns on the stoop of his family’s home.
When I read about this, I was shocked and left without words. Having just returned from maternity leave and so in love with my new baby boy, I can’t imagine how Martin’s mother must feel. My heart goes to her and I can only hope that she has a strong support system to comfort her, if that is even possible.
Above is a picture of Martin, smiling with bright eyes into the camera and holding his message for the world. “No more hurting people. Peace.” It’s a simple thought, but hopefully one that can resonate with all of us. Let’s take a moment for those affected by this tragedy in Boston and honor Martin’s memory by coming together for PEACE.