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Heartbreak Hill

"Heartbreak Hill" Continued...

Issue: "Boston Terrorthon," May 4, 2013

Churches across the city planned prayer vigils and joint worship services. Stephen Um, pastor of CityLife Presbyterian Church, urged his congregation to be good citizens and good neighbors, and to “pray and adopt a heart posture of love and service for our city.”

In a phone interview, Um said the congregation would also explore ways to help victims. The church’s deacons were already working to raise funds for the family of Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy who died in the attack. (Several of the church’s families live in the Richards’ neighborhood.)

A family friend said Martin was watching runners cross the finish line when he was killed by the blast. The boy’s mother sustained brain injuries, and his 6-year-old sister reportedly lost a leg. In a statement, his father, Bill Richard, said: “I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin.”

The family—which attends St. Ann’s Catholic Church—also released a photo of Martin on the church steps. The image shows a smiling boy wearing a white suit and white tie, and holding a felt banner bearing his name and a series of images: a cross, a heart, a dove, and the Greek letters Alpha and Omega—the symbols Christ used to describe Himself as “the beginning and the end.”

Jamie Dean
Jamie Dean

Jamie lives and works in North Carolina, where she covers the political beat and other topics as national editor for WORLD Magazine. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.


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