Young Boston victim's photo spreads message of peace

Young Boston victim's photo spreads message of peace

Credit: Facebook.com: Lucia Brawley

Facebook.com: Lucia Brawley

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by Associated Press and KGW.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 29 at 12:14 PM

BOSTON -- The 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombings Monday is posthumously spreading a message of peace.

Martin Richard was among the three people killed in the explosions, according to U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, who has known Richard's family for 25 years. The boy's mother, Denise, was badly hurt and his 6-year-old sister, Jane, lost one of her legs, CNN reported. Martin's brother and father were also watching the race but were not hurt.

A picture of Martin (above) began spreading via social media after the blasts and by Tuesday had become a symbol of the tragedy. In the photo he's holding a sign he created, which reads, "No more hurting people. Peace."

Martin made the sign in response to the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to the New York Daily News.

Tuesday morning a single candle burned on the stoop of the family's Boston home, and the word "peace" was written in chalk on the front walkway.

Martin was being remembered Tuesday morning as a vivacious kid who loved to run, climb and hop in puddles. And his simple message of peace continued to resonate as his city, the nation and the world worked to make sense of a senseless act.

By Tuesday afternoon his photo had been shared by hundreds of thousands of people.

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