04.16.2013 06:52 AM

Boston

It was such a terrible shock, yesterday afternoon.  A Liberal friend was running in the marathon – and, the night before we had been out with her brother and Jean Chretien in Ottawa, talking about her fierce determination and drive.  She crossed the finish line four minutes before the bombs went off.

Here is the face of one of yesterday’s victims – a little boy.  God bless him and his family.

9 Comments

  1. Lynn says:

    There is another photo of the little guy holding up a sign he made asking people to stop hurting each other and asking for “peace”, it looks like he is at school and someone took his photo. I burst into tears looking at it. Now if only adults had his 8 year old compassion and wisdom we would all be better off.
    link to photo and story:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/16/martin-richard-photo_n_3092473.html?utm_hp_ref=canada&ir=Canada

  2. patrick says:

    The world goes mad. Also on Monday 45 people were killed and 300 wounded in Iraq in another string of bombings.

    • dave says:

      Thnx for mentioning this , Patrick. Often , way too often, we forget the suffering when it is not on this continent, and the kids we have a harder time identifying with.

  3. Though this had weighed on me all evening and again this morning, I hadn’t shed tears until now. It’s heartbreaking any time a child dies senselessly or viciously, no matter where in the world it happens.

    Hug those around you today. Let them know how much they mean to you.

  4. Jemery says:

    Once again this tragedy will evoke even further persecution against Muslims and even evoke further racial profiling against Muslims. Everybody is so quick to assume that it is someone on the radical spectrum of the holy faith of Islam. I am sick about this incident but I am further sickened by the premature media reports suggesting that is it an Islamic terrorists attack. Islam is a religion of peace and a large majority of Muslims worldwide oppose violence, even when these Muslims are being persecuted in a supposed free nation like America. We must embrace the Muslim people in Canada and America and show them that we are compassionate and caring. But how can we do this when we torture a Muslim child accused of killing an America medic? How can we do this when we allow teenage boys to become disenfranchised to the point that they are accused of terror attacks in Algeria? How can we do this when we conduct illegal surveillance on 18 young Canadian Muslim men and accuse them of thinking about committing a crime then send them to prison for doing nothing of the such?

  5. Kelly says:

    Bullies act in the hopes of provoking a reaction. So governments are caught in a trap.

    A bomb goes off, people are tragically killed, the media goes nuts and it just wouldn’t seem right for a government to just . . . not react in a big public way.

    People are traumatized; they need to know the government is doing something about it to keep them safe in the future, others want the government to just respond with an eye for an eye — it seems “just” but it will just lead to yet another attack, and another until generations are affected and conditioned on both sides. I don’t see a way out of this. At best I think we can just build local community. Share love with family, friends and even those you don’t yet know. All we will know for sure is that there will be more net good in the world, as a result.

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