Boston Marathon Bombing’s Youngest Victim Wrote ‘No More Hurting People’

Boston Marathon Bombing's Youngest Victim Wrote 'No More Hurting People'Almost a year ago, 8-year-old Martin Richard wrote four simple words on a sign at school. “No more hurting people,” it said. For the camera, he held up the bright blue sign decorated with hearts framing the word “Peace.” It’s a photograph that many find difficult to look at Tuesday as they struggle to comprehend the violence that took Martin’s life.

‘Killed’

On Monday, the boy and his family were watching the Boston Marathon near the finish line when two bombs exploded just off Copley Square in the heart of the city. The grade-schooler was killed, authorities said. Martin’s mother, Denise, and his sister were grievously injured, The Boston Globe reported.

Also killed in Monday’s attack was Krystle Campbell, who graduated from Medford High School in Massachusetts in 2001. There were no immediate details about the third victim killed in the bombings. Of the more than 170 people who were treated at hospitals, at least 17 were in critical condition and 41 in serious condition, according to hospital officials.


‘Nothing is being dismissed’

Martin made his “peace” sign in May when his school organized a “Peace Walk.” Holding their homemade signs, kids walked around the city making a big statement with a simple act. In bubble letters, one of his classmates wrote, “No more violence!”

While so much grieving continues, more details are emerging about Monday’s bombings. No suspects have been identified in the case, which federal authorities are classifying as an act of terrorism. It was not immediately known whether the origin of the bombings was domestic or foreign.

The intelligence community is poring through all threat reporting for any clues, U.S. counterterrorism officials told CNN. That includes any claims made on jihadist websites. Nothing is being dismissed this early on, the officials said.

What do you think was the motive behind the Boston Marathon explosion? And do you think the authorities will be able to catch those responsible for this?

Source: Ashley Fantz, CNN

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Boy Donates $1000 Prize To Neighbor Battling Cancer

Forget toys and video games. When Wyatt Erber won $1,000, the Illinois third-grader knew exactly what he wanted to do with the money. The 8-year-old gave his winnings to the family of his young neighbor, 2-year-old Cara Kielty, who is battling leukemia.

One week after Cara Kielty was diagnosed, Noelle Erber asked her son if he’d like to enter a scavenger hunt sponsored by a local bank. The grand prize was $1,000. Winning seemed like a long shot, but Wyatt was determined to win the money for Cara, Erber said. Together they visited businesses in their hometown of Edwardsville, gradually collecting the 20 clues needed to complete the scavenger hunt. When they found out they had been the first team to turn in all the clues, Wyatt called Cara’s mother, Trisha Kielty.

“I knew he was wanting to do it for Cara, which is the sweetest thing ever,” she said. “But an 8-year-old giving adults money? I tried to protest to his mom. Then she told me he asked how much chemo this would buy Cara. He gets it.”


The Kieltys, who have been close friends of the Erbers since they moved to their street five years ago, decided to accept the money and “focus on the fact Wyatt is such a gracious kid,” Trisha Kielty said.

The third-grader’s act of generosity did not go unnoticed. A local charity matched his gift to the Kieltys. A man in Canada heard about the story and sent a letter praising Wyatt, along with $100 to give to the Kielty’s for Cara’s treatment. Wyatt’s mother said she couldn’t be more proud of her son.

Do you admire Wyatt Erber for generous act despite his tender age? Tell us about your own tales of generosity and unexpected kindness from other people!

Source: Yahoo News

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