Third grader Martin Richard died Monday waiting for family friends to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. His mother and 6-year-old sister were injured severely.
Lucia Brawley, a friend of Martin's former teacher, posted a photo on Facebook of the 8-year-old holding a sign with an important -- and now haunting -- message. A message that should be shared, and heard, far and wide.
Brawley wrote, in part, "His message resonates powerfully today. My prayer is that we all live by Martin's words, paying tribute to his too-brief, but immeasurably valuable life by following his example."
The picture was taken last year when Martin was in Rachel Moo's second grade class at the Neighborhood House Charter School. "Her whole life was about peace," and she taught that message to her students by participating in marches and assigning art projects, Brawley told HuffPost over the phone. Moo attended the Boston Marathon Monday and then went home to Worcester covered in debris only to learn that one of her students had been killed.
There are no words. Except Martin's.