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Boston Marathon fact-check

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Clifford Evenson wrote the following paragraph in his letter to the editor (“America’s success,” June 1): “The real hero for 2013 was Martin Richard, the 7-year old boy who was killed in the Boston terrorist bombing. He had made a sign for a school assignment that read, ‘No more hurting people – Peace.’ Neither Obama nor his wife mentioned Martin’s sign.”

Actually, President Obama did mention it. I watched the video. Here is a two-paragraph excerpt from his April 18, 2013, speech in Boston at an interfaith service honoring the Boston Marathon bombing victims:

“Our prayers are with the Richard family of Dorchester, to Denise and the young daughter, Jane, as they fight to recover.

“And our hearts are broken for 8-year-old Martin, with his big smile and bright eyes. His last hours were as perfect as an 8-year-old boy could hope for, with his family, eating ice cream at a sporting event. And we’re left with two enduring images of this little boy, forever smiling for his beloved Bruins and forever expressing a wish he made on a blue poster board: No more hurting people. Peace. No more hurting people. Peace.”

Mark Wilcox

Bull Valley

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