A few days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Karen Fowler, the wife of one of the Boston police officers killed in the attack, tweeted out an emotional plea to the world, urging people to do the same.
“I am so proud of my husband,” she wrote in one tweet.
“And his family.
I am grateful for his courage and sacrifice.
But we are not finished.
#BostonStrong #IStandWithKaren” But Fowler’s account was deleted after the tweet was reported by the Guardian.
Fowler’s message has since been retweeted more than 3,400 times.
In another tweet, she also said: “I’m not alone.
This is why I need to speak up and do something.
#BostonStrong” Fowler’s husband, Detective James Fowler, was killed in Saturday’s attack by two men who had been on a bike with him in the aftermath of the bombings.
The suspects were later shot dead by police.
A photo posted to Fowler’s Facebook page on Sunday shows her with her husband.
Fowler said in a statement that she believes that the men involved in the bombings “were motivated by their hate towards Muslims and Muslims-Americans” and that she wants to use the hashtag #Boston Strong to show support for the families of those killed.
“I do believe that the attack was in retaliation for the recent killings of four people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando,” she added.
“But we are also seeing a new wave of attacks across the country.
These attacks have no place in a peaceful society.
The world is watching.”