Two years have passed since the tragedy on Boston soil took place. The people of Boston fell silent as bells rang dolefully for those who were killed and injured in the Boston Marathon two years ago.
The Boston Marathon began in 1897 to promote a healthy lifestyle through running and has occurred every year since then. However, on April 15, 2013, the marathon changed forever.
Running to the finish line, participants and onlookers faced a sudden change in scenery. Two bombs exploding in succession of the other put the marathon on halt and left many devastated. Four people were killed, and 254 were severely injured. The injured found themselves paralyzed and/or without a limb.
Recently, the pursuer of the explosion, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was found guilty on 32 counts. Tsarnaev faced charges in regards to using weapons of mass destruction, bombing a public place and conspiracy, according to CNN.com.
Tsarnaev was responsible for the death of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier. Currently, there is a large chance of Tsarnaev receiving the death penalty for his crimes.
However, Tsarnaev was not in the back of Boston’s people as they mourned and celebrated the lives lost and those paralyzed forever.
Martin, 8, watching the race near the finish line, was the youngest victim of the bombings.
According to CNN.com, Martin was apart of a Peace Walk organized at his school where his classmates and himself paraded around holding signs supporting the end of violence.
Tragically, Martin and his family were victims of the bombings and are only some of the many people remembered from the explosion.
Martin’s father, Bill Richard, spoke to the Boston Globe regarding the death of his son being public.
“It’s unfortunate Martin didn’t die in a car accident on a random night. Martin died at the Boston Marathon. The marathon is going to happen every year, and it’s going to be public whether we like it or not,” Richard said.
Marathon runners remembered and supported many fatalities and injuries by joining together. According to Today.com, those tracking the run via smart phone or watch could see the path of the run spelled Boston.
The mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh, and the governor, Charlie Baker, revealed commemorative banners at the site of the bombings. According to NBCNews.com, the anniversary of the tragedy will now be called One Boston Day, a day of random acts of kindness.
Walsh said, “[One Boston Day] is a day for us to really, truly rally around the city of Boston and continue the great tradition of this city in the aftermath of the marathon bombinghow Boston came together at one community.”