Eight year old Martin Richard from Dorchester, Massachusetts (pictured above on Facebook) was among three people who died after the first of two explosions ripped into spectators watching the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15. Martin’s mother Denise – who has undergone brain surgery – and his 6 year old sister Jane – who lost a leg – were among the 176 injured when the two bombs filled with BBs and ball bearings packed in pressure cookers in backpacks exploded in trash cans during the last stretch of the race. Martin, Denise, Jane and older brother Henry, 12, who escaped injury, were there to watch father Bill cross the finish line.
(Martin Richard, right, with father Bill, mother Denise, sister Jane, 6, and older brother Henry, 12, in Facebook photo)
As if the explosions weren’t horrific enough, believed to be the worst act best place to buy viagra online of terrorism on US soil since Sept. 11, 2001, the last mile of the Boston Marathon was dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, as Congress considers gun control restrictions on Thursday. The Atlantic reported:
Boston Athletic Association president Joanne Flaminio said before the race that had a ”special significance” because it was 26.2 miles long and there was 26 victims in the Newtown attack. There was also a group of Newtown parents running as part of a group called Team Newtown Strong who were raising money for local charities. A banner honoring the victims, hung at the end of the 26th mile, can be seen in the photo above.
“In the first twenty miles we’re honoring the twenty Sandy Hook first graders,” Laura Nowacki, a spokesperson for Newtown Strong, explained to WBUR Boston. “When we crest Heartbreak Hill, and we’re coming back towards Boston, we run the final six for our six fallen educators, including their lives, to protect our children.”
There was a 26-second moment of silence for the victims before the race started.
Update, 4:07 p.m. Eastern: Newtown families were reportedly seated in the VIP section right by where the explosions went off. There’s no word whether they are among the 23 injured and two dead from the explosions. Click here for updates.
The FBI has taken over the investigation. As of yet, there have been no arrests and it is not known if this is a foreign or domestic act of terrorism. Boston Police are asking any eye witnesses or anyone with cameras or information to contact them with any details - 1-800-494-TIPS and the FBI is also asking that anyone with information call 1-800-CALL-FBI. Angelinos were concerned, too, with some having friends at the marathon. The woman in black with her kids in the photo above is a close friend of videographer/director Renee Sotile of Traipsing Thru Films, who (with her wife Mary Jo Godges) works with me at LGBT POV and at Frontiers.
President Obama has ordered American flags flown at half-mast over government buildings in honor of the victims.