Amongst the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing yesterday, 17 were in a critical condition in hospital, severely wounded by shrapnel such as nails and ball bearings from the six-litre pressure cookers. The cookers were packed with explosives and metal, and stuffed into a black duffel bag.
As reported, an eight-year-old boy named Martin Richard died from his injuries. His 43-year-old mother, currently suffering from serious brain injuries. His seven-year-old sister, having lost a leg. And his father, Bill Richard, stricken by grief.
Following the tragedy, a flash of needless violence, Martin Richard’s father released the following statement:
My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries. We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover.
If that doesn’t spell heartbreak, we don’t know what else does. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Boston.