Boston tragedy: A picture that says 1,000 words and inspires thousands more tears

This 8-year-old boy is one of the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks. His name is Martin William Richard. His mother and sister were also seriously injured. Many people, including the folks at the Georgia Department of Education are posting this touching photo of Martin on Facebook in which he holds a sign that reads: “No more hurting people. Peace.”

His dad Bill Richard released this statement: “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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Mikey D.

April 16th, 2013
8:42 pm

Prayers will continue to be sent for this angel that God called home. Maybe his death will serve as a lesson and won’t have been in vain.

Charles Douglas Edwards

April 16th, 2013
9:00 pm

We would like to offer our prayers to the people of Boston !!!

May God bless the victims of this terrible bombing and the United States of America.

CompetenceNotDiversity

April 16th, 2013
9:12 pm

As a father, I cannot imagine what Martin’s parents must be going through. My heart breaks for them. I pray that God provides them with the strength and comfort to survive this horrible atrocity. I also pray for the investigators and authorities. I pray they find the wicked, evil perpetrator(s) of this act and that justice is swift and severe.

Bernie

April 16th, 2013
9:24 pm

I Hope and Pray that this childs perpertators are brought to justice soon. Unlike the Four Little Girls that were killed in a CHURCH on a Sunday Morning, Birmingham,Alabama in 1963.

America’s postion on such ACTS were as not as focused or equally pursued then, as they are Today.

Bernie

April 16th, 2013
9:25 pm

Correction

Hope and Pray that this child’s perpetrators are brought to justice soon. Unlike the Four Little Girls that were killed in a CHURCH on a Sunday Morning, Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

America’s postion on such ACTS were as not as focused or equally pursued then, as they are Today.

Mary Elizabeth

April 16th, 2013
9:41 pm

My prayers are with Martin’s family, and with all of the people of Boston.

Violence, in any form, can never be a solution to our problems. Love is the only lasting answer, as Martin was wise to know, even at eight years of age. Rest in Peace, Martin. Well done.

Private Citizen

April 16th, 2013
11:07 pm

You have to wonder about the child’s political consciousness at such a young age to make such a poster. It stopped me in my tracks when someone once said that our students had basically lived their whole lives during the era of Bush. Hard to believe we are in the 5th year of President Obama, it seems like yesterday. I am not saying this to politicise this tragedy, but that is a profound poster for one so young, such heavy view and such taking of responsibility. Of course, with this type tragedy there are not words to bridge the event.

10:10 am

April 16th, 2013
11:15 pm

Pity the poor child’s parents. And yes, @Bernie — you are politicizing it. As usual.

bootney farnsworth

April 16th, 2013
11:16 pm

@ Bernie

knock it the hell off.

just for once put a sock in your stupid political rants and act like an adult.
you can rave all you want it another blog tomorrow.

Bernie

April 16th, 2013
11:30 pm

bootney farnsworth @ 11:16 pm – Sometimes Truth is STRANGER than FICTION.

RCB

April 17th, 2013
12:02 am

What a beautiful child and such a sad, sad event in Boston. I’ve thought of this little boy all day and hope his family and friends soon find some kind of peace. These events are strange, but not fiction.

Bernie

April 17th, 2013
12:13 am

Posted by The_Centrist at 10:29 p.m – Such events jar memories of past terrorist events. Strange how differently America views the differences in the two. One is treated with indifference and the other stir a national outpouring of Rage and Anger. A Rage similar to a community who experienced such an event in 1963. No listened or cared, The Majority of the American Public including our Political leaders as well as Law Enforcement.

Bernie

April 17th, 2013
12:17 am

correction:

Posted by The_Centrist at 10:29 p.m – Such events jar memories of past terrorist events. Strange how differently America views the differences in the two. One is treated with indifference and the other stir a national outpouring of Rage and Anger. A Rage similar to a community who experienced such an event in 1963. No ONE listened or cared. Not the Majority of the American Public, our Political leaders as well as Law Enforcement.

Bernie

April 17th, 2013
12:53 am

10:10 am @11:15 pm
bootney farnsworth@11:16 pm

My comments are not ranting or politicizing such a painful event. It’s merely an Observation of the handling and National outpouring of grief of two different horrific events that have occurred in America. The parents and families of those (4) four little girls have been grieving for 50years. Unfortunately, these affected families grief and sadness is just starting.

The display of anger, by the both of you demonstrates which side you both stood on, when reflecting.

Private Citizen

April 17th, 2013
6:33 am

Bernie, You’re making me laugh. Who gave you the idea that all of these entities are supposed to “care” about anything! There are lots and lots of scenarios around the world where not only does no one “Care,” there is little resources to do anything if anyone did. You’ve got clean water out of a tap, closed pipe and processed waste sewers, and paved roads, for God’s sakes. If you get a cut and it gets infected and starts acting like blood poisoning, you’ve got local medical that can do the simple act of a life saving anti-biotic, although I don’t know if they “care” or not. Hey, I’ll just leave it at that, to leave a little room to honor this recent tragedy. By, the way, from the news I’ve read in the last five years, I think you’ve more than evened the score of race killing of innocents. Let’s be happy for the modern era and progress. This Boston thing is sure the stuff of nightmares. As a country, we’ve put more than a few nightmares on other people, too. Call it “war” or call it trying to pull a chain and update the middle east by 400 years by saying “Shazaam!” and doing a few other things, too. There’s a reason they call us “the coward from the skies.” I guess my question about the Boston thing is Is this more of it? Who did it, international or tax-rebels? And for the family, it could have been any of us.

Think of the distance between this child’s poster and what is reality. That distance is “politics” and who has the power. If we want to honor this kid, he’s sent us a message.

Private Citizen

April 17th, 2013
6:44 am

Bernie, Re; “such a painful event” a while back I was in London and happened to be invited to attend a funeral due to a tragedy, a police officer driving a vehicle had struck and killed a boy about the same age. The family was Muslim and the death was the police officer’s fault. There was a contingent of about a dozen police at the funeral. I think I even met the father, was introduced, and I asked someone “Isn’t he upset?” etc. The father was very devout. Everything was very proper. Here’s where I’m going with this, according to the father’s faith, events happen as the will of God and the devout person should practice submission to God. Therefore, from this perspective, making it “a painful event” would be dishonorable (or indulgent) from this strict view of faith in / submission to God. There was no air of “hurt feelings” at this funeral, it was something else.

In the USA, some persons do the “you hurt my feelings” and “that makes me feel so bad” thing as a response to events. I saw this with the Wagner gaffe and his unfortunate comparison. But I’m just telling you a lot of world is in a whole different mode on how to look at things.

Mountain Man

April 17th, 2013
7:41 am

Our prayers to all the victims of this heinous bombing, and especially to the families of the three (so far) who died in that event.

bu2

April 17th, 2013
10:10 am

@Maureen
The AJC’s article on page 4 about this was really irresponsible. What was your editor thinking?????

Pride and Joy

April 17th, 2013
10:32 am

Bu2, the editor may have already planned the layout of the paper and may have had to find any space for the tragic news.
In order for the newspaper to show up on your doorstep in print form on time, writers have to write it, editors have to edit it, layout designers have to find space for it which has to include advertising and so on.
Newspapers have a vested interest in putting tragic news on front pages because it sells papers, which makes profits.
I don’t think any editor would try to bury this kind of news.

Pride and Joy

April 17th, 2013
10:33 am

Bernie, your comments are beyond insensitive.

Bernie

April 17th, 2013
10:37 am

Private Citizen @ 6:44 am – So what I am expected to take from your seemingly deranged ramblings. The two events I made mentioned of are the WILL of GOD?,accroding to you? and not the irrational thinking of a madman or a group of MADmen bent on inflicting pain and such heinous acts on the innocence because of some imagined offense to their persons.

If that is so, It appears your thinking is more Warped, than even I imagined!

ps – tell us some more of the other messages you receive..:) hope you are wearing your tin foil Hat when you get them!

Anonymous in DeKalb

April 17th, 2013
10:38 am

Moving words spoken at yet another sad event an ocean away. Listen to the tape.

http://goo.gl/YqOpE

bu2

April 17th, 2013
11:12 am

@Pride & Joy
If you get a chance, look at page 4. It would be irresponsible for me to describe it.

Bernie

April 17th, 2013
11:24 am

Pride and Joy @ 10:33 am – please explain to me who is REALLY being insensitive, when one is comparing (2) TWO REAL actual TERROIST events in America. Both occurring during yours and my lifetime with (2) two completely different National and community reactions to a similar horrific event. One is treated with national and community indifference and non caring. The other with a similar amount of death and injury along with the same pain. Yet when the comparisons are made, anger is stirred without really considering the perils of both events being committed by individuals with a similar mindset.

One event that occurred on a Sunday morning and at a Church of ALL places, where one expects without consideration a place of refuge from such unprovoked terror and violence.

Colonel Jack

April 17th, 2013
12:08 pm

@Bernie … I submit to you that if the Birmingham church bombing happened today, it would be viewed to be just as despicable as the Boston Marathon bombing. Incidents like this must be viewed in their historical context. The Birmingham bombing took place in 1963, when institutional racism was rampant in the South. (Some will argue that it’s still that way, but that’s another discussion for another time.) The political conditions of the time are why the reactions were vastly different than those of the Boston incident.

I like to think that we as a society have matured somewhat since those bad days. There’s been an effort to look beyond the color of skin (at least by some!) in dealing with people.

Whenever the topic came up, I would ask my students to picture Christmas morning, and the piles of unwrapped presents. Then I would ask them which they placed more value on – the wrapping paper, or the gift inside. Naturally, they’d all say “the gift inside.” I pointed out that that’s how we should be viewing people, too … don’t pay so much attention to the wrapping paper (the color of one’s skin), and focus on the gift inside (the person with what they have to offer).

OriginalProf

April 17th, 2013
12:55 pm

@ Colonel Jack. Amen.

Bernie

April 17th, 2013
1:16 pm

Colonel Jack @ 12:08 pm – I agree with some parts your comment. However, I disagree with your assessment of its was just a case of
Institutional racism. It was that and more, so much more a part of the American people’s views on race and equality. I remember that Sunday as if it was yesterday. The screams, sobbing and tears of my own Mother as she heard the news. A Sunday morning, I will never forget as long as I Live. To make matters worse the indifference by the FBI and other Law Enforcement officials added injury to insult.

Just maybe if more concern and care was given to the horrific violence that occurred on that fateful Sunday morning. It just may have provided a little more implementation of protection, concern and care so that Little Martin’s Family would not be presently preparing for his funeral today.

Dr. Proud Black Man

April 17th, 2013
1:21 pm

“@Bernie … I submit to you that if the Birmingham church bombing happened today, it would be viewed to be just as despicable as the Boston Marathon bombing. Incidents like this must be viewed in their historical context.”

Correct.

Dr. Proud Black Man

April 17th, 2013
1:23 pm

“Just maybe if more concern and care was given to the horrific violence that occurred on that fateful Sunday morning. It just may have provided a little more implementation of protection, concern and care so that Little Martin’s Family would not be presently preparing for his funeral today.”

The chickens have truly came home to roost…

Chamblee Dad

April 17th, 2013
1:33 pm

@Bernie & Dr. PBM “Just maybe . . . ” More concern & care regarding a tragedy 50 years ago would have perhaps avoided this tragedy in Boston? “The chickens have truly come home to roost.”

I will politely have to disagree. Stronger words will fall on deaf ears, I believe.

Colonel Jack

April 17th, 2013
1:43 pm

@ Bernie … I never said it was “just” institutional racism. It was indeed the very fabric of society in the Southeastern U.S. (and, to a somewhat lesser degree, in the rest of the country).

Where I take issue with your line of thought is this: We cannot view an event from 1963 through the morals of 2013. That way lies bitterness. Yes, the response to the Birmingham bombing was woefully inadequate, and I agree that the FBI and law enforcement could have – and should have – done so much more. But that was the way of things in 1963. It is not the way of things in 2013.

I am not excusing the response to that horrific event 50 years ago, by any means. It was a different time and a different place, and we as a society have somewhat matured. Would you want people to judge you based on how you reacted to something back then … or how you react to something today?

Private Citizen

April 17th, 2013
2:01 pm

Bernie, You’re really out of line. We do not know happened in this tragedy. It certainly was not racial and you go and equate it to a race crime, full twist, and stand on a box and harp about it. Whoever said you see everything through a lense of racial-this and racial that is correct. You’re like a caricature. Just by virtue of being in the metropolitan Atlanta area, you’ve got a higher standard of living that probably 75% of the world, and yet you mercilessly play victim and hurt feelings, and your real crime is that you ignore the conditions in the rest of the world. If I could press a button and drop you off to spend a week in Mumbai or Estonia, it would sure be a good thing for you. I’m sick of loco-racism and race-baiting and race-blaming and race-favoring. You ought to go to California and hang out with a bunch of La Raza! (or whatever) Latinos who want their land back. You’ve never met a slave in your life. You exploit victimology and you’ve got plenty of company, but you’re out of synch on the time line and you ignore the reality of other peoples including lots of immigrants who’ve worked hard. Something tells me you’ve never had a sore back from picking vegetables for “the man.” But you probably go to the grocery store and never give a thought to where the food comes from. Do you have a mobile phone? You better say a little “thank you” to the low wage workers living in factory dorms who made your phone. You live better than they do, you can be assured of that.

Dr. Proud Black Man

April 17th, 2013
2:03 pm

@Chamblee Dad

The words I used are paraphrasing Malcome X’s comments when JFK was assassinated. His thesis was that violence against the Negro was so commonplace taken for granted that it should come as no surprise when “you people” started to turn against each other. Dr. Paul also visited this concept during one of the rethuglican debates when he described 911 as blowback which is EXACTLY what it was. Of course the neocons and RINOS had a major hissy fit. Those pesky trees keep getting in the way don’t they? Btw IF this was the work of Muslims; does anyone know how many INNOCENT people were taken out by drones? Not much boohooing for them, at least in America, now is there?

Private Citizen

April 17th, 2013
2:04 pm

hey Bernie how about equal time for the Chinese graduate student whose family request the name be withheld.

Bernie

April 17th, 2013
2:06 pm

Colonel Jack @ 1:43 pm – Thank-you for clarifying your comment for those who are more informed than others. I agree more should and could have been done. So much MORE!

Private Citizen

April 17th, 2013
2:08 pm

Dr. Proud Black Man, I am in accord with your perspective. I wonder in 50 years where all this race stuff will be. Maybe it will be done. Care to be a Futurist? Someone just emailed me telling me President Obama was dedicated to non-violence. I emailed them back a news story along the lines of what you mention. My point is just to tell you that I agree with your perspective and similarly say as much.

Private Citizen

April 17th, 2013
2:10 pm

Reminder: No one knows who did this thing. No reason to make assumptions in any direction. We simply do not know. I read a reasoned article that stated four possibilities.

Bernie

April 17th, 2013
2:11 pm

Dr. Proud Black Man @ 2:03 pm – Forgive them, for they know not what they say! They are not ready and prepared for you here. The maturity, and educational level of such a subject matter is foreign and incomprehensible for this crowd. :)

Chamblee Dad

April 17th, 2013
2:25 pm

@Dr. PBM “does anyone know how many INNOCENT people were taken out by drones?” That might be the first coherent thing you’ve said.

But saying the “chickens have come home” when we are discussing this young child & all the victims, where does that come from? In what world can you justify taking innocent life with an act of terrorism? To even the score?

You won’t find me defending anyone doing that, regardless of motive, terrorist or victim.

Private Citizen

April 17th, 2013
2:38 pm

CD Back in ‘75 British punk bands were saying Thatcher and Reagan were the terriists. It is reasonable to say we have been indoctrinated in these generalised terms that are basically meaningless due to their lack of specifics. It’s like there’s a thousand things out there and we’re told one or two terms for everything. Using such terms is really a way of dumbing people and denying detailed knowledge. It’s wrong to do so. It’s the language of power is all it is.

Dr. Proud Black Man

April 17th, 2013
2:38 pm

@Chamblee Dad

Did you even read what I wrote? Nice strawman though…

OriginalProf

April 17th, 2013
2:40 pm

As most here probably know, a suspect in the bombing has just been arrested, though no further details are given out. Dr. Proud Black Man said above: “Btw IF this was the work of Muslims…” I have a very strong intuition that this was NOT done by Muslims or anyone but an American. So many symbols converge: it happened in Boston, on their “patriots Day” commemorating the beginning of Revolutionary War battles, on April 15 when most send $$$ to the federal government, at a famous event that draws so many “foreigners” to participate with their flags flying along the running avenue…

Oh, how I hope I’m wrong……

Private Citizen

April 17th, 2013
2:44 pm

Maybe it came from the family of that guy on a hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay gulag, been there for eleven years with no charges and no trial. Pointing out the US record of making difficult for some individuals is not going to fly so well on the subject of recognising or trying to comfort the families of tragedy, but it is not exactly correct to remain silent, either. That is the message of Dr. Benjamin Carson (hey Bernie, please look him up), that “not talking” and giving yourself over to politically correct silence is not the right thing to do.

Private Citizen

April 17th, 2013
2:54 pm

OriginalProf, They checked out someone (a muslim student) but it was found they were a victim, not a perpetrator. The one coherent thing is that April 15 is “tax day.” But we don’t know a thing, and it is really obtuse for the community here to make declarative commentary at this time other than to try and lend some heart to the event for those affected. It sure was horrifically achieved. And let’s not forget there’s a whole parcel of innocent folk with horrific injury, though I just know what I’ve seen in photographs. Impossible to contemplate. Is there anything we can meaningfully do? Send flowers? Say a prayer? It leaves you at a loss and in a sense of wonder.

Bernie

April 17th, 2013
3:14 pm

Private Citizen @ 2:44 pm – what You do not realize Dr.Carson is running the biggest SCAM on all of you silly Republicans. Just keep writing those checks, buying his books, paying to hear him tell you ALL of the CRAZY Things You want to Hear.

The Man’s days are here on this plane is short due to his Illness. All of the money you contribute will be Left for his family members to enjoy in comfort while laughing at YOU!

OriginalProf

April 17th, 2013
3:23 pm

@Private Citizen. Not only that, but the federal investigators have just stated that no arrests have been made after all. Let us all remember poor Richard Jewell who was falsely accused in the 1996 Olympics bombing here in Atlanta.

However, the facts about this that I cited still stand. I still believe that an American did this as part of some statement of domestic terrorism and not, as some conservative Republican legislator at once proclaimed in Washington, an “illegal immigrant.”

That’s my opinion.

Chamblee Dad

April 17th, 2013
3:34 pm

@Private Citizen Just when I think you & I are diverging on paths never again to cross (well, not really), we weave back in. This is not the time to overspeculate & try to use this tragedy for political purposes. It seems beyond the pale that you even have to post something as you have @2:54. Reasoned adults don’t need to be told this. I would like to assume we were all raised better.

Lee

April 17th, 2013
3:37 pm

Holy cow. To say this topic has taken a turn to the absurd would be an understatement.

To the families of Martin William Richardson and the other victims, you are in our thoughts and prayers. That’s all any of us can (should) say at this point.

Chamblee Dad

April 17th, 2013
3:38 pm

@Dr. PBM Did you even look at that child’s picture & the story with it? You respond with Malcolm X?

Chamblee Dad

April 17th, 2013
4:07 pm

@Private Citizen Bernie just called you a Republican.