Martin Richard, the 8-yr-old boy who was killed when two bombs detonated at the Boston Marathon, had recently made a sign in his class which expressed his feelings of sadness at the violence that took the life of Trayvon Martin.
Today, Trayvon Martin’s parents sent a message of support to Richard’s family, one grieving family to another.
While FOX News and GOP bigots spout their hatred against Muslims and immigrants in the wake of this tragedy (despite the fact that we do not yet know anything about who or what group was behind the bombing), here we see two families victimized by violence and hatred, reaching across racial and geographical space to express mutual solidarity, understanding, and compassion …
Our hearts are broken over the tragedy in Boston yesterday. Our family sends our sincerest condolences to all of those who have been affected by this terrible situation. We especially would like to send a message to the family of eight year old, Martin Richard. We have come to understand that the peace sign that Martin is holding in a photo being circulated throughout the media, was created in response to a lesson by his teacher about the death of our son and the issue of violence. From our family to yours’, we are praying for you, thinking about you and will remember your son for the rest of our lives.