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One Child's Death Is Spurring a Peace Movement

Martin Richard's family has found a way to honor and remember their son. The 8-year-old boy was one of three people who died in the Boston Marathon bombings. His family, still mourning their loss, has created the Martin Richard Foundation with the message of "No more hurting people, peace."

"Our hope is for Martin's legacy to live on through today's children and to show that no matter your age, you can always choose kindness," Denise and Bill Richard told People magazine.

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The Richard family suffered a lot during the Boston Marathon bombings. Jane, Martin's younger sister, lost a leg. Denise, Martin's mother, needed emergency brain surgery. And most devastating of all, they lost a member of their family.

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After Martin's death, a photo of him went viral. He was holding up a sign with the same message that the Richard family is using for their foundation: "No more hurting people, peace."

Image via Martin Richard Foundation

The foundation is focused on athletics, education and community. The Richards have also partnered with generationOn, which is a global youth service movement. Together, they created the Martin Richard Bridge Builder campaign. It asks kids and teens to spread peace and change their community through acts of service.

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"Our son Martin was able to recognize at a very young age the importance of teaching people about togetherness and inclusion, and we are hopeful that this campaign will help inspire kids and teens across the country to do the same," Denise and Bill Richard said in a statement.

Image via Martin Richard Foundation

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