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Our hearts this week are in New England, land of midnight riders and tea parties.
Once again, we have been barraged by grief.
Can you imagine going to a sporting event to have fun as a spectator and coming home without a leg?
Or your life? Three people have been confirmed dead at this writing, after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Some spectators are still in critical condition, and more than 100 were injured. Some will live but had to have their legs amputated, while others were injured by flying shrapnel or suffered head wounds and eardrum damage.
Once again, as we did a dozen years ago on 9-11, we have run the gamut of emotion from heartbreak to rage.
The heartbreak is for the family of the 8-year-old boy (Martin Richard) killed. His mother reportedly had brain surgery and his sister lost a leg. A third child was reportedly unharmed. Physically anyway.
North Carolina had approximately 450 runners in the Boston Marathon, and a Charlotte-area family was among the injured, according to a press release Tuesday from Gov. Pat McCrory.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families,” McCrory said. “I especially want to share my concern for the North Carolina residents who were injured in the blasts.
“It is times like these that our country must come together to show support for the victims and prove our resilience to senseless acts of violence.”
President Barack Obama said, “This was a heinous and cowardly act. And given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism….We will find whoever harmed our citizens, and we will bring them to justice.”
Because the President was the one who ordered the end of Osama bin Laden, we are fully confident that, given the chance, he will keep his pledge regarding the Boston killer(s).
The President added, “We also know this—the American people refuse to be terrorized. Because, what the world saw yesterday in the aftermath of the explosions were stories of heroism and kindness, and generosity and love: exhausted runners who kept running to the nearest hospital to give blood, and those who stayed to tend to the wounded, some tearing off their own clothes to make tourniquets. The first responders who ran into the chaos to save lives. The men and women who are still treating the wounded at some of the best hospitals in the world, and the medical students who hurried to help, saying, ‘When we heard, we all came in.’ The priests who opened their churches and ministered to the hurt and the fearful. And the good people of Boston who opened their homes to the victims of this attack and those shaken by it.
“So if you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil—that’s it. Selflessly. Compassionately. Unafraid.”