The haunting image from #BostonMarathon bombings that will stay w/ me forever (UPDATE: THEY GOT HIM)

Posted by: ST on April 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I weep – literally – at seeing this picture:

RIP, little Martin Richard.

RIP, little Martin Richard.

The story, via The Smoking Gun:

In a chilling image obtained by the FBI, one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects can be seen standing behind the young boy who was killed by one of Monday’s terror blasts, The Smoking Gun has learned.


The photo, reproduced below, shows suspect #2 lurking several feet away from the metal barricade (and behind a trio of young women). Immediately to the left of the women is Martin Richard, the eight-year-old Dorchester boy who was killed by the explosion. To the child’s right is his seven-year-old sister Jane, who lost a leg in the blast.

The children were at the race cheering on their father, who ran in the marathon. According to the Boston Globe, the Richard family had watched most of the race from a spot several blocks away from the Copley Square finish line. However, after an ice cream break, they moved closer to the end of the course, ending up against the barrier in front of the apartment building at 775 Boylston Street.

There are other images, too – of the man being wheeled away from the scene in a wheelchair, legs horribly mangled by the blast to the point he lost both of them below the knee. His name is Jeff Bauman, and though badly injured he turned out to be a huge help to investigators in trying to crack this case by being able to describe “Suspect 2”, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19 – the one of the two brothers still “at large.” Suspect 1 – the older brother Tamerlan – was killed overnight in a gun battle with police. Sean Collier, 26 and an MIT police officer, was also killed. Incidentally, his brother Andrew Collier works as a machinist with Hendrick Motorsports here in Charlotte. Please pray for his family, and that of MBTA Officer Richard Donohue, 33, who was seriously wounded from the overnight violence.

But the picture of little Martin standing there with his little sister, anxiously and excitedly waiting for his dad to cross the finish line, while his killer lurks in the background and the instrument of the young boy’s murder sits just a few feet away will haunt me and many others for years to come. It’s a agonizingly heartbreaking reminder of how life can change literally in a split second. This innocent young boy, enjoying a beautiful Boston day with his family – including having most children’s favorite snack ice cream – one second he’s alive, the next he’s gone. No chance at a full life of happiness and contentment and excitement. The pain his family must be going through as a result of not just of the loss of little Martin, but the devastating injuries to his mother and sister has to be unbearable. I know I can’t even write about it without choking up. What must they be going through?

Pray for his family, for all the victims and their families, and for the law enforcement at all levels of government putting their lives on the line to bring the other suspect in this vicious terror attack to justice. And hug your family members and friends VERY tight, let them know you love them. Because life is too fragile, too precious to take for granted.

Update – 11:30 PM: “Suspect 2” is now in custody — in a Jewish hospital.

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18 Responses to “The haunting image from #BostonMarathon bombings that will stay w/ me forever (UPDATE: THEY GOT HIM)”


  1. EBL says:

    It is so depraved. How could anyone do something like that? Evil is what evil does.

    Some have described the Brothers Tsarnaev as angels. Satan was an angel too. Guess what? Tamerlane Tsarnaev is meeting him now.

  2. It’s likely that given where he was standing in relation to his sister, Martin’s body absorbed enough of the blast to save her life.

    Agreed – haunting.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    Child: “Mamma, are jihadists born wicked, or do they grow wicked afterwards?”
    Mother: “They are born wicked, and grow worse.”

  4. Marilyn says:

    What I want to know is, why did Jeff Bauman not say or do something when he saw the bomber drop the bag?

    We are coached and nagged over and over again in public spaces to report suspicious bags; to pay attention to abandoned bags; he had two and a half minutes to say something, do something, be attentive.

    This question is not meant to lay blame or responsibility on Mr. Bauman, that belongs to the bombers. But I am curious as to why he does not seem to have expressed any kind of curiosity, even though he says he looked right into the eyes of the bomber and saw the bomber leave the bag.

  5. Steve Skubinna says:

    Eggs and omelets. This picture is precisely what that phrase means. Think of that and never forget it, and keep it in mind the next time you encounter some repulsive slacker in a Che shirt.

    Eggs and omelets. For social justice.

    Meanwhile, the necrophiliac media that was salivating at the prospect of – finally! nailing some white racist right wing teabaggers will be bending themselves into pretzels to explain why Islam is irrelevant to this atrocity. Because, Tax Day.

  6. Great White Rat says:

    Well put, Steve. Except for one detail: the media drones won’t expend any effort or ‘bend themselves into pretzels’ to explain this. They’ll simply trot out the usual trite phrases: Islam is a ‘religion of peace’, be careful not to generalize based on this incident, and when you think about it, George Bush is really somehow to blame.

    In fact, the Chechen president has already moved in that direction. In his statement of ‘condolence’, he’s said bluntly that the US is to blame for this. Maybe if Obama goes on a pilgrammage to Chechnya and bows down to him, he’ll retract some of that.

  7. Carlos says:

    But, but, wasn’t this in response to the You Tube anti-Muslim video that absolutely no one in the world has seen that caused the Benghazi murders, too? Surely murdering Muslims haven’t already forgotten that blamed jewel, especially since they carry grudges longer than nations.

    Again I ask, who has checked out the mosque where these murdering pieces of pig poop attended? I haven’t even heard anyone on Fox mention that, so you know beyond a shadow of a doubt none of the LSM, let alone JanNap or Duh-1, has even considered the possibility that’s where the murderers’ hate was brought to a boil.

    Just don’t forget that when she’s running again for her own coronation in 2016 Hillarious had the gall to ask when pressed by inquisitors, “What difference does it make?”

  8. TNchick says:

    Marilyn– I think I read that it was a matter of seconds, maybe it was a minute, between the bag being put there & when it exploded.

  9. Great White Rat says:

    “What difference does it make?”

    Exactly the sentiments of the Obama-worshippers in the media have toward Martin Richard’s murder. As Steve pointed out above, the facts of this child’s slaughter won’t make the slightest bit of difference to them. Count on it – the next time jihadists strike, they’ll speculate darkly about how this time for sure it’s probably some Tea Party type, and push that theme as long as they can.

    For the left, “What difference does it make?” is just a suitable epitaph for Martin Richard and all the the other victims of islamic terrorism.

  10. Carlos says:

    @GWR: Exactly. They have but two concerns. The first is, make sure the goodies keep coming, whether those goodies be welfare, grants for research (like into determining the sex of snails or how we are all suffering from AGW), or the perks of getting rich in “public service.” Victims of terrorism, whether like at the marathon or at Newtown, have as much, or little, meaning to them as the freedoms they wish to take from the rest of us. And the DiC is an expert at playing on those feelings, especially the “gimme the goodies” feelings.

  11. This same photo is showing up on Pamela Geller’s “Atlas Shrugs” and is being entitled “Moving in for the Kill”.

    Ironically, the jihadist bastard responsible is being treated at Beth Israel hospital.

  12. Xavier says:

    Drew, hopefully they’ll point out to him that he’s full of Joo blood now. I understand the desire to want this POS dead, but we can only execute him once. Let’s get all the info we can out of him first and have a bit of vengeful fun doing it.

  13. Carlos says:

    @Xavier: Unfortunately, a really good lawyer will probably be able to convince some know-nothing Boston judge that the murderer’s rights weren’t read to him properly or somesuch, and the entire left will breathe a huge collective sigh of relief and, a year from then, will point back to the murderer being free and tell us he was obviously innocent.

    And then still blame some unknown violent “jihadist” Christian! And truly believe it!

  14. Though shooting this warped psychopathic piece of human filth would be as inconsequential as killing a registered dog, it is hard to imagine his even being worth the price of a bullet.

    Like the old Scottish proverb has it, enjoy life while you are alive because you will be a long time dead.

    The requirements of a decent life are doing what is right while its restraints are knowing what is wrong.

  15. Tex says:

    I’m so filled with anger when I see this photo I find myself fighting not to become so overwhelmed by rage that it clouds my judgement.

    The only solace I’ve been able to take is the fact that it appears there is a chance the 19 year old killed his own 26 year old brother by running over him with the car as he either tried to escape to save himself, or tried to run over the 3 cops who had just wrestled him to the ground after he ran out of bullets. I keep hoping the 19 year old at least lives long enough for them to tell him he probably killed his own brother. And then he can die and go to meet his master Satan in Hell. That would be poetic justice indeed!

  16. Drew the Infidel says:

    @Tex–Watching the various media outlets will not do your blood pressure any good either as they try to obfuscate the islamist thread that runs all through this story. Their stock question is, “Did they have help or training?” To be able to employ the techniques and skills to assemble, place, and command-detonate two IEDs is not the level of expertise one gets from a mere internet tutorial.

    The fact the devices detonated about 10-15 seconds apart would point to the possibility of using cell phones and speed dial to set them off. It definitely is not monkey see-monkey do ordnance methodology.

  17. Carlos says:

    And ultimately, Drew, maybe the real answer is, “Yes, they had help. The LSM both downplayed the utter lack of humanity in the Islamist movement and up-played the glorification of the “freedom fighters” that try daily to destroy the one friend we used to have in the Middle East (pre-Obhammed).

    With messages that the LSM pounds the average low-info voter with daily, the only wonder is why this doesn’t happen more often? Or that more Sandy Hooks/Newtowns/Auroras/Columbines don’t happen.

    They, the LSM, are as deep in the true reason for guilt in this as any other single factor, including the mosque the brothers attended.

    Personal opinion, of course.