We were all devastated when we learned that the youngest fatality of the Boston tragedy, was an 8-year-old boy named Martin Richard. He was one of the three people that died, as a result of the two bombs that were set off near the end of the race. After his death, a popular photo of him circulated after a friend of his teacher posted it on Facebook holding a sign that reads,
“No more hurting people. Peace.”
Several news reports say Martin made the sign last year in response to the Trayvon Martin shooting. After hearing this, Trayvon’s parents released a statement to Martin’s family.
Statement to the Family of Martin Richard from the Parents of Trayvon Martin
Our hearts are broken over the tragedy in Boston yesterday. Our family sends our sincerest condolences to all of those who have been affected by this terrible situation. We especially would like to send a message to the family of eight year old, Martin Richard. We have come to understand that the peace sign that Martin is holding in a photo being circulated throughout the media, was created in response to a lesson by his teacher about the death of our son. From our family to yours’, we are praying for you, thinking about you and will remember your son for the rest of our lives. -Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of Trayvon Martin
The Grio reports that Martin’s parents and two siblings survived the blast, but his mother and sister were seriously injured. His mother Denise has undergone brain surgery and remains hospitalized, while Martin’s younger sister, Jane lost her leg. His father Bill received shrapnel injuries to his legs and his older brother Henry was unharmed. Please keep those affected by the Boston tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.