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By Sherisse Pham
Mother Lucia Brawley did not know Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday. But she was touched by his death all the same. Brawley is friends with Rachel Moo, an elementary school teacher Brawley says taught Richard in second grade last year.
Early Tuesday morning, Brawley posted a photo of the young boy, holding a handmade sign that reads,"No more hurting people. Peace." Facebook users reacted to the heartbreaking photo instantly, sharing it more than 13,000 times in two hours.
"The only thing that I feel is a constructive way to emerge from this tragedy is just share that picture," said Brawley. "Because Martin’s words in that picture speak more eloquently than any words I can say."
Brawley said Moo sent an e-mail to friends, telling them of Martin's death and sending the photo. Brawley asked Moo if she could post it and she said yes. The photo comes from a May 2012 peace walk the young boy took part in with his school.
Brawley, an actress and a mother, said her reaction to the news was maternal.
"The only thing I can do is hug my daughters tighter."
CNN is reaching out to Rachel Moo. The elementary school teacher had changed her profile picture on Facebook to one of young Martin. At time of writing, Moo's Facebook page was unavailable.