8 Year Old Boy Killed in Boston Marathon Bombing Demanded Peace After Trayvon Martin Shooting

Martin Richard, 8-year-old killed in Boston Marathon, made demand for ‘peace’ after Trayvon Martin shooting – NY Daily News

There’s now a face on Monday’s terror attack at the Boston Marathon: A devastating photo of a now-dead 8-year-old boy holding a poster calling for an end to violence.

“No more hurting people. Peace,” is the message held by Martin Richard in his classroom last April — part of a lesson on the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a Facebook post by Richard’s teacher Rachel Moo.

The picture quickly touched people the world over.

“My prayer is that we all live by Martin’s words … by following his example,” Lucia Brawley, a friend of Moo, posted under Martin’s picture.

Eight-year-old Martin Richard, pictured above, was killed in an explosion at the Boston Marathon as he waited to give his father a hug at the finishing line. Denise Richard suffered a brain injury and his younger sister lost a leg in the blast.

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Eight-year-old Martin Richard, pictured above, was killed in an explosion at the Boston Marathon as he waited to give his father a hug at the finishing line. Denise Richard suffered a brain injury and his younger sister lost a leg in the blast.

Two members of the Richard family were also seriously injured in the second of the two deadly blasts near the finish line of the 26.2-mile marathon.

The family of five had just gotten ice cream and were on the sidelines trying to identify friends running by, Rep. Stephen Lynch, a friend of the family for 25 years, told the Associated Press.

After hearing the first blast, the Richards were scrambling over barriers to get to the street when the second bomb went off.

Martin was killed — one of three victims who died in the explosions that were described by President Obama as an “act of terror.”

Neighbors hug outside the home of the Richard family.

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Neighbors hug outside the home of the Richard family.

His 6-year-old sister, Jane, lost a leg. His mother, Denise — a librarian at Neighborhood House Charter School where he Martin attended the third grade — suffered a serious brain injury. They are among the 170 injured by the bombs.

"My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries,” dad Bill Richard said in a statement. “We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin.”

Bill Richard, 42, and the oldest child, Henry, were not seriously injured, but doctors did remove ball bearings from Bill’s leg, said Lynch (D-Mass.).

“Ball bearings are meant as anti-personnel munitions,” he added. “They were trying to cause carnage here.”

"PEACE" is written on the sidewalk in front of the Richard house in Dorchester.

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"PEACE" is written on the sidewalk in front of the Richard house in Dorchester.

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Bill Richard is widely known as an active member of the historic Dorchester neighborhood where he lives.

“They are beloved by this community. They contribute in many ways. That’s why you see this outpouring,” City Councilor at Large Ayanna Pressley told the Boston Globe.
“It’s surreal, it’s tragic, it’s incomprehensible. Everyone … is trying to comfort one another and be prayerful.”

A candle burned in front of the Richard home Tuesday morning.

Tammy Lynch, right, comforts her daughter Kaytlyn, 8, after leaving flowers and some balloons at the Richard house.

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Tammy Lynch, right, comforts her daughter Kaytlyn, 8, after leaving flowers and some balloons at the Richard house.

Children dropped off flowers and balloons at the front door. One little girl left pink flowers. Another carried orange, blue and pink balloons. An overturned child’s bicycle helmet lay in the front yard.

Nine-year-old twins Alejandro and Andres Calderon remembered their pal as a top-notch soccer player who once dropped a sandwich, caught it on his foot, and then ate it on a dare.

"Say you were at the beach with him on a hot day — You would have fun with him," said Andres. “He wasn’t a bully or mean to anybody."

“He had a lot of friends and I’m pretty sure all of them liked him because he was very joyful," added Alejandro. "He would joke about food coming to life."

Richard Martin, 8, who died during yesterday's explosion at the Boston Marathon.

Rachel Moo via Facebook

Richard Martin, 8, who died during yesterday’s explosion at the Boston Marathon.

The kids, like the adults accompanying them, were dejected.

"He’d try to make everyone happy but (now) he can’t because he passed away," said Alejandro.

The twins left behind a soccer ball from a game their team had recently won, a poignant tribute for a child.

"I think of him as one of the MVP’s of the team," said Andres.

This is Martin, 8. He died in the Boston bombing yesterday. He was at the finish line with his family, waiting for his dad to cross. His mother and little sister were catastrophically injured. He was the student of our dear friend, Rachel Moo. His message resonates powerfully today. My prayer is that we all live by Martin's words, paying tribute to his too-brief, but immeasurably valuable life by following his example.

Lucia Brawley via Facebook

This is Martin, 8. He died in the Boston bombing yesterday. He was at the finish line with his family, waiting for his dad to cross. His mother and little sister were catastrophically injured. He was the student of our dear friend, Rachel Moo. His message resonates powerfully today. My prayer is that we all live by Martin’s words, paying tribute to his too-brief, but immeasurably valuable life by following his example.

Martin’s school, where Jane was in the first grade, also was grieving.

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“He was a bright, energetic young boy who had big dreams and high hopes for his future. We are heartbroken,” the Neighborhood House school, which has a student body of 400, said in a statement.

“They are a wonderful family and represent the very best this city has to offer.”

Neighbors come to pay their respects at the Richard house in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Tuesday, April 16, 2013.  Martin Richard, 8, was killed in Monday's bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Neighbors come to pay their respects at the Richard house in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Martin Richard, 8, was killed in Monday’s bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

A teacher at the school — which was dispatching grief counselors to students, staff and families Tuesday — concurred.

“They’re just sweetest, nicest family you could meet," said Holly Moulton.

The happy kids were a common sight on their street.

Martin was "a very outgoing, wonderful little kid. He was just adorable," said neighbor Jane Sherman, 64.

Jacqueline Myers (R) and her ten year-old daughter Amira walk away after leaving a teddy bear on the door step of eight year-old Martin Richard's home in the Dorchester neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013. Amira Myers was a schoolmate of Martin Richard. News reports say that Martin Richard was one of the victims of two explosions which hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday killing at least three people and injuring over 100 others.      REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST SPORT ATHLETICS)

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Jacqueline Myers (R) and her ten year-old daughter Amira walk away after leaving a teddy bear on the door step of eight year-old Martin Richard’s home in the Dorchester neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013. Amira Myers was a schoolmate of Martin Richard. News reports say that Martin Richard was one of the victims of two explosions which hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday killing at least three people and injuring over 100 others. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES – Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST SPORT ATHLETICS)

She added that Martin, Jane and his 12-year-old brother were always playing soccer, hockey and riding bikes.

Jane is “adorable — a little tomboy. Always climbing trees,” Sherman said.

One of Martin and Jane’s fellow students at the school, Jaelyn Taylor, 11, brought a stuffed monkey to drop off at the mourning Richard home.

“It was kind of scary and surprising because it was so close," Taylor said of the attacks.

Two people leave flowers on the door step of eight-year-old Martin Richard's home in the Dorchester neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013. News reports say that Martin Richard was one of the victims of two explosions which hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday killing at least three people and injuring over 100 others.      REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST SPORT ATHLETICS)

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Two people leave flowers on the door step of eight-year-old Martin Richard’s home in the Dorchester neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013. News reports say that Martin Richard was one of the victims of two explosions which hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday killing at least three people and injuring over 100 others. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES – Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST SPORT ATHLETICS)

A friend of the family said she’d remember Martin’s smile.

“What a gift. To know him was to love him,” Judy Tuttle said of the 8-year-old victim.

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She recalled recently sitting at the dining room table having tea with Denise Richard, 43, while the boy did his homework.

8-year-old Martin Richard, seen in this Facebook photo, was killed in the explosions at the Boston Marathon

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8-year-old Martin Richard, seen in this Facebook photo, was killed in the explosions at the Boston Marathon

“He had that million-dollar smile and you never knew what was going to come out of him. Denise is the most spectacular mother that you’ve ever met and Bill is a pillar of the community. It doesn’t get any better than these people.”

Stunned neighbors struggled to comprehend the tragedy.

One wrote the word “PEACE” in chalk on the Richards’ driveway.

“(They’re a) great family, actually,” said neighbor Wally Sorocky. “How does anyone deal with this? Hopefully (the mom) can pull through this. It’s horrible."

Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Lily Huynh said her 6-year-old daughter took singing lessons with Jane at nearby All Saints Church.

“I have small children like her and its terrible to lose a child like that — and the little one is hurt. We’re very sad," said Huynh.

She added that the attack had sullied the marathon — a rite of spring the Richard family wanted to enjoy like so many other Bostonians.

"It’s a long winter and everybody looks forward to being outdoors,” Huynh said. “It’s a cowardly act."

Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy from Dorchester, was killed in the blast at the Boston Marathon. His mother and sister were also critically injured.

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Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy from Dorchester, was killed in the blast at the Boston Marathon. His mother and sister were also critically injured.

Monday night, Sherman got a glimpse of Bill Martin coming home at 10:30 p.m. He was still in hospital scrubs.

"He looked absolutely horrendous. He was as white as a sheet," Sherman said.

“I said, ‘Bill is anything wrong?’ He didn’t answer."

A friend with William could only respond: “Martin died.”

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Udemy Inspires Industry Experts to Profit as Online Educators

TO GO WITH AFP STORY by EMMANUELLE MICHE

Education technology service Udemy has launched Teach2013, a new program that seeks to encourage and empower industry experts and leaders to step up and not only create their own courses, but teach them as well.

Almost a reverse of Codecademy’s “Code Year” program from 2012, Teach2013 is focused not on getting more users to take the courses, but by bringing in even more qualified professionals who have a desire to contribute back to the community. After all, it only makes sense since there are a variety of topics and industries in the world and it’s while Udemy can bring in instructors to help teach courses, there may be some courses that just are better taught by specific individuals.

Eren Bali, Udemy’s co-founder and CEO, believes this initiative could have a lasting impact: “Imagine what we could accomplish if every expert shared his or her knowledge with the world. Offline instructors are now teaching millions of people around the world. But there are so many more subjects that students want to learn. We’re calling upon every expert to join us and teach the next generation, starting this year.”

In case you’re not familiar with Udemy, it’s a learning service not that dissimilar to being in a classroom, except it’s done virtually from wherever you are. Students could choose between any number of course categories, including arts and photography, business, crafts and hobbies, design, education, health and fitness, math and science, music, social sciences, sports, technology, and others.

Snap 2013 01 08 at 17.54.25 730x426 Udemy launches Teach2013 to encourage industry experts to create and teach their own courses

Udemy has gained considerable traction — its top 10 earning instructors earned more than $1.6 million in course sale and the company has seen a 700% user growth from May 2011 to 2012. There are also more than 5,000 courses on its platform. A wide range of experts have taught courses on the site, including New York Times best-selling authors, CEOs, celebrities, and Ivy League professors. They have taught more than 500,000 students so far.

The education technology landscape is definitely a crowded one, with Udemy competing for market share from the likes of Coursera, P2PU, Khan Academy, Skillshare, Codecademy, and others.

Those interested in teaching a course on Udemy can sign up on Teach2013′s website. Once accepted, the company will provide various tools and resources to help build and deliver a course that adhere to Udemy’s “standards for course quality.” According to the company, this includes access to Udemy’s proprietary Course Creation Platform and an invitation to Udemy’s online instructor community, “The Udemy Studio”, where experts can interact and discuss best practices for building a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Some experts will also receive production assistance from Udemy.

Instructors and their courses are judged at the end according to Udemy’s “strict quality control measures”. The company scores each lesson based on its level of instructional design, production quality, and the ability to deliver on learning outcome. So even before a course is seen by the students, it’s evaluated by the company to make sure it meets its standards. Courses can either be free or paid — if it’s paid, then the instructor receives 70% of the revenue from all course purchases. Udemy points out that instructors retain full control of course content, copyright, and pricing.

In 2013, Udemy has already signed up some interesting instructors to help teach, including Lean Startups author Eric Ries, Photoshop educator David Cross, photographer Don Giannatti, Mixergy founder Andrew Warner, yoga instructor Dashama Konah, #DOMINATEFUND managing partner Ben Parr, the Founder Institute, social media strategist Damien Franco, I Will Teach You To Be Rich author Ramit Sethi, Clarity founder Dan Martell, Contently’s Director of Community Erica Swallow, and dozens of other professionals.

Photo credit: PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images

The Empowered Homebuyer: Choose Your Agent … Then Lay Down the Law

The Empowered BuyerChoose Your Agent … Then Lay Down the Lawreal estate law

By Eric Peter Hoffman

EHoffmanNJ@gmail.com

Prospective homebuyers often seek to work with real estate agents before they begin searching for homes. As the name suggests, a buyer’s agent speaks for the buyer and will arrange for the buyer to have their goals met at all stages of the transaction. Even though that sounds straightforward enough, buyers and dealers now and then are confounded by the relationships that exist between the land agent, the buyer and the seller. To help provide some clarity for homebuyers, some states have passed laws that mandate what agreement between the agent and the purchaser must contain in order to be considered valid.

One example is in Virginia where buyers are not required to work with agents and can negotiate the terms of agreements with their agents. A successful practice has been to agree to a one-day contract with an agent so that a buyer can “try out” the agent, who will disclose listings to the buyer in the hopes of winning a chance to sign another agreement for a longer term.

Kelly Normand, a copartner representative with Century 21, explained some of the challenges facing buyers in Virginia. Virginia is a caveat emptor state, so purchasers without representation are left to do research without any outside help.

John Lesniewski, with Re/Max United Real Estate, stated that Maryland agents must present an information packet called “Understanding Whom an Agent Represents” to potential customers, yet purchasers are not required to sign full agreements.

Confusion can also arise in instances of double agency, when one agent speaks for both the buyer and the seller. A double agency scenario can come up when an agent has a listing and then works with a purchaser who is interested in making an offer on that same listing.

“In Virginia and D.C., buyers can agree to double agency if they want to buy a home listed by their Realtor or they can opt for designated agency, which is when two different agents from the same brokerage represent the buyer and the seller,” Mr. Ford said.

To avoid the difficulties of double agency and designated agency, a buyer may choose to work with an exclusive agent. An exclusive agent works for buyers only without any influence from sellers.

Certain agents, regardless of the possibility that they work for a business that works with both purchasers and merchants, decline to do double agency and rather will utilize a designated agent to handle one side of the transaction. This can have many of the benefits of an exclusive agent and is one of the more popular choices for new buyers.

Certain purchasers are hesitant to sign a purchaser agent agreement, especially provided that they are simply investigating the thought of acquiring a home.

“Some people are just naturally commitment-phobic, but other people worry about paying a fee to the buyer agent regardless of whether they find a home or not,” Ms. Normand said. “The buyer-agent agreement must show what the Realtor’s fees are, but the Realtor is paid at settlement from the proceeds of the sale. Technically, the seller pays the Realtor’s fees, but in reality, that fee is built into the price so the buyer is really paying as part of the home purchase.”

Another consideration is retainer fees that might be come back to haunt the buyer at closing. These fees are set costs that may not be disclosed until the end of a transaction, leaving a buyer with little recourse.

The buyer should carefully read buyer-agent agreement before signing and pay particular attention to the issues of compensation and termination of the agreement. If the buyer wants to end the agreement early, there should be rules for how to do so in the contract. This typically requires a mutual written consent by the buyer and the agent.

If you have any questions about these agreements or anything else mentioned in this article, please feel free to email me at EHoffmanNJ@gmail.com.

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