(House of Representatives - April 17, 2013)

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  (Mr. CICILLINE asked and was given permission to address the House 
for 1 minute.)
  Mr. CICILLINE. Mr. Speaker, last Monday, men and women from around 
the world traveled to the beautiful city of Boston to take part in the 
117th running of the Boston Marathon.
  But this longstanding American tradition, this celebration of 
athletic achievement was shattered at 2:50 eastern time when two bombs 
went off along the finish line, killing three spectators, including an 
8-year-old child, and injuring nearly 200 more.
  At times like this, words fail to capture the sense of our disbelief, 
the pain in our hearts, and the anger we feel towards anyone who would 
do such great harm to so many innocent lives.
  Although we do not yet know the identity of the perpetrators, what we 
do know is that our country will not rest until they are brought to 
justice. The American people will emerge from this horrific incident 
stronger and more united than ever before.
  Like all Rhode Islanders since last Monday, my thoughts have remained 
with the people of Boston and all of the victims of this vicious act of 
violence and their loved ones, and I pray that the passage of time 
might bring them some level of comfort.