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  By: Gutierrez H.R. No. 1614
         WHEREAS, Words cannot adequately express the deep shock and
  sadness felt by all Texans over the tragic events at the Boston
  Marathon on April 15, 2013, and we pause to remember those who died
  and to honor those who risked their own lives to come to the aid of
  the injured; and
         WHEREAS, The Boston Marathon has been held every spring since
  1897, with elite athletes and dedicated amateurs from around the
  world gathering in a festive spirit of friendly competition and a
  celebration of the joy of running; the marathon is traditionally
  held on Patriots' Day, a Massachusetts state holiday, and this
  year, 23,000 runners were being cheered on by half a million
  spectators; and
         WHEREAS, At 2:50 p.m. on the afternoon of the 117th running of
  the marathon, a bomb exploded near the finish line, devastating the
  crowd, and seconds later, another bomb detonated nearby; three
  people were killed and more than 170 others were injured, many of
  them severely; the three innocents who lost their lives were Martin
  Richard, a spirited eight-year-old boy from Dorchester,
  Massachusetts, Krystle Campbell, a dynamic young woman from
  Arlington, Massachusetts, who worked as a restaurant manager, and
  Lu Lingzi, a graduate student from China who had come to America to
  study at Boston University; our thoughts and prayers go out to their
  families and loved ones; and
         WHEREAS, Even as it was unfolding, this terrible tragedy was
  met with a response that embodied the best of the human spirit;
  video recordings of the event captured the awe-inspiring heroism of
  Boston police officers, medical personnel, marathon volunteers,
  and ordinary citizens who raced through the smoke toward the
  wounded only seconds after the explosion, with no thought for their
  own safety, only the determination to offer assistance and comfort
  to strangers; in addition, many of the participants in the marathon
  continued running past the finish line, heading to local hospitals
  to donate blood, while numerous area residents spontaneously opened
  their hearts and their homes to stranded visitors; and
         WHEREAS, Although the explosions took place 2,000 miles away,
  the people of the Lone Star State stand shoulder to shoulder with
  our brothers and sisters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and
  while we mourn for those who were lost and the lives that were
  shattered, we also offer our heartfelt tribute to the citizens of
  Boston, whose bravery, resilience, and compassion in a time of
  trial are a beacon of hope to all people, everywhere; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby express its grief over the immeasurable pain and
  suffering caused by the bombings at the Boston Marathon and honor
  the everyday heroes of that city who came to the aid of the victims;
  and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That when the Texas House of Representatives
  adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Martin Richard, Krystle
  Campbell, and Lu Lingzi.