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April 14, 2014 7:46 AM   Subscribe

The Boston Globe visits the Richard family, on the eve of the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The Richard's youngest son, Martin, was killed, and their daughter Jane, is still recovering, learning to navigate with her prosthetic leg.
posted by roomthreeseventeen (9 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

God, that poor family. I can't even fathom how you rebuild after something like that.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:01 AM on April 14

It was heartbreaking to hear about how even the wellwishing and tributes were painful for them. The explosions and cannonballs and fireworks - argh.
posted by divabat at 9:04 AM on April 14

No More hurting people

posted by tommasz at 9:47 AM on April 14 [5 favorites]

Yeah, ugh, who would use fucking fireworks to commemorate people killed and maimed by a bombing? It brings 'tone deaf' to a whole new level. It's grotesque.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:04 AM on April 14 [3 favorites]

Thank you for this post. The Richards have been understandably private over the past year, and while their grief and their lives belong to them alone, it is comforting to this internet stranger to read of the wonderful network of people--family, church, coworkers, and close friends--who have been giving them so much care and support.
posted by torticat at 10:09 AM on April 14

I don't know the family personally, but they are friends/neighbors of multiple people I do know, and everything I knew about them before last April 15th informs me that service, grace, and courage are not something they've just recently learned. They're pillars of their community and have been for a long time.

Not to take anything away from anyone else who was killed or injured at all, I think that's at least one major reason why so many people have taken their story in particular to heart around here. Why it hurts a little extra, why we've taken it so personally. They know a lot of people, especially Bill, but they're also a family who have invested a lot of their time and energy making their own community a better place.

It's probably not very popular to say that, but if I'm being honest I know that's how I feel about it.
posted by rollbiz at 10:27 AM on April 14 [1 favorite]

Ugh, the worst. So so so sad.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:22 AM on April 14

Yeah, ugh, who would use fucking fireworks to commemorate people killed and maimed by a bombing?

Why the same people who invited the Dropkick Murphys to sing "Shipping up to Boston" at the memorial concert of course. Picture a front row filled with bombing victims. Several in wheelchairs with missing legs...Now listen to the lyrics. I'm a sailor...I lot my leg...Shipping up to Boston to find my leg.
posted by Gungho at 12:51 PM on April 14 [1 favorite]

The Boston Globe won a Pulitzer for its coverage of the bombings and the aftermath.

I commend the staff there for their work, work which continues through pieces like the one linked above. Thanks for sharing.
posted by chris88 at 4:36 PM on April 14

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