Description: Viral image / Hoax
Circulating since: April 15, 2013
Status: False (see details below)
As posted on Facebook, April 15, 2013:
See this little girl?
She died today.
Marathon for the
Sandy hook kids.
Respect of her.
Her and all
The others who
Analysis: Hoax. This image is being circulated under false pretenses. The child pictured above wasn't a participant in the 2013 Boston Marathon. The photo was taken during a 5K charity run in Great Falls, Virginia in May 2012.
An 8-year-old boy, Martin Richard of Boston, was one of three people killed when bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon on April 15, 2013. No girls of that age were listed among the fatalities.
Sources and further reading:
Neighbors Mourn Boy, 8, Killed at Marathon
Boston Globe, 16 April 2013
Hundreds Turn Out for 3rd Annual Joe Cassella 5K
The Saxon Scope Online, 20 May 2012
Last updated 04/16/13