Trayvon Martin's parents send message to family of boy killed at Boston Marathon

Picture surfaces of Martin Richard, 8, holding sign in response to death of Trayvon Martin

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6:30 p.m. -- Multiple media outlets report that an 8-year-old boy is among the dead. He is later identified as Martin Richard, who was there to watch his dad race.

ORLANDO, Fla. - The parents of Trayvon Martin, the teen shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in 2012, have sent a message to the family of the 8-year-old boy who was killed in the Boston Marathon explosions.

Martin Richard, 8, was pictured on Facebook holding a peace sign created in response to a lesson by his teacher about the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, which prompted the parents of Trayvon Martin to send a special message to the family of Martin Richard.

The statement released on Tuesday reads as follows:

"Our hearts are broken over the tragedy in Boston yesterday. Our family sends our sincerest condolences to all of those who have been affected by this terrible situation. We especially would like to send a message to the family of eight year old, Martin Richard.

We have come to understand that the peace sign that Martin is holding in a photo being circulated throughout the media, was created in response to a lesson by his teacher about the death of our son. From our family to yours', we are praying for you, thinking about you and will remember your son for the rest of our lives."

The statement is signed Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of Trayvon Martin. It was sent from the Trayvon Martin Foundation, based in Miami.

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