This is Martin Richard. He was 8 years old. On Monday, April 15, his life was tragically ended when a bomb exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where he waited for his father to cross. His mother, Denise, and little sister, Jane, were also injured. Jane has already lost one of her legs.
This is the heartbreaking final photo of Martin, which pictures the bomber and the bomb to the right of him.
Over the past 6 days, Boston and its surrounding areas have been put through a terrifying ordeal. After the two bombs at the Boston Marathon, our city was literally put in a lock down while we waited for police to capture the two bombing suspects. The city was silently waiting to hear that our hours of anxiety and fear were over. Living just outside of Boston, we stayed in our house too, not sure where the suspects were or what was going to happen next.
Photos from the bombing and aftermath
Photos from Friday's lockdown and manhunt
This is the boat where the suspect was eventually found and captured.
While there were 3 other victims from this tragedy, including a police officer, as a teacher of young children in the Boston area, Martin's story hits close to home. His little sister is in the first grade, and was an Irish step dancer, and has now lost a leg. To support Martin's family, I would like to fundraise with some fabulous products from some fellow teachers. All proceeds would benefit the Richard Family Fund - http://richardfamilyfund.org.
If you are interested in donating a product, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Martin's words, No more hurting people. Peace.
Please feel free to spread the words to other blogging pals - I'd like to help Martin's family as much as we can! :)