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

Image: The Huffington Post

Photo Of Bedridden WWII Veteran Casting Vote Captures Hearts

Photo Of Bedridden WWII Veteran Casting Vote Captures HeartsA photograph of a 93-year-old Second World War veteran casting what will likely be his last ballot has captured the hearts of tens of thousands of Internet users.

‘True patriotism’

The photo shows Frank Tanabe lying in a hospital bed at home as his daughter Barbara Tanabe helps him fill out his absentee ballot. A half-million people saw the picture on the Reddit after his grandson posted it there on Thursday, making it one of the most popular items on the social media network for a day after.

“True Patriotism,” was the top rated comment on the post. “This is America. Amen,” was next, followed by “Thank you, Citizen.”

Doctors diagnosed Tanabe with an inoperable cancer tumour in his liver two months ago. He’s been in hospice care for the past three weeks at his daughter’s home. His condition has been deteriorating, and he’s been speaking little lately. He’s been determined to vote regardless, eagerly asking when the ballot would be arriving in the mail, his daughter said.


‘Encouraged others to vote’

Barbara Tanabe read aloud the names of the candidates to her dad. He either nodded “yes” to the names or shook his head “no.” She filled in the boxes on his behalf, following his instructions even when he didn’t pick the people she wanted.

Noah Tanabe, the grandson who posted the photo online, said he thinks about his grandfather every time he votes. The family has been surprised and gratified by the online comments on the photo, Barbara Tanabe said. She said her father, a quiet, unassuming man, would wonder what the fuss over the photo was about. But he’d be thrilled it encouraged others to vote, she said.

Did Frank Tanabe’s photo touch your heart? Tell us — who are you going to vote for?

Source: Yahoo News

Image: Winnipeg Free Press