TODAY's Takeaway

TODAY's Takeaway: Shooting victim's mom affirms faith; Natalie says Boston's 'ready to run'

April 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM ET

1. Mindy Corporon, whose son and father were killed Sunday in an apparent hate crime shooting at a Kansas Jewish community center, told Savannah her Christian faith has helped her cope.

"God and my life and my family and our friends have prepared me for this so I’m uplifted by that," Corporon said.

Video: Mindy Corporon, who lost her 14-year-old son and her father in the shootings at Jewish facilities in Kansas, joins TODAY to share her emotions in the wake of the tragedy.

2. To mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, Natalie reported from the finish line on emotional stories of recovery.

"You better believe Boston is ready to run again,” she told Savannah and Carson.

Video: One year after the Boston Marathon bombings, Boston stays strong. Vice President Joe Biden will lead a tribute there today with local officials, bombing survivors and victims’ families. TODAY’s Natalie Morales reports.

3. Thanks to the creativity of filmmaker Rick Mereki, Willie got the chance to recreate a viral video and “Move” around Manhattan (and Brooklyn and the Bronx!). Check out the finished product:

Video: Director Rick Mereki joins TODAY to talk about his globetrotting video that has captivated millions around the world, and his inspiration for the video that includes TODAY’s own Willie Geist.

4. Teenager Maya Van Wagenen wanted a confidence boost after a very quiet 6th and 7th grade, so she turned to a 1950s guide on how to be popular — and it pushed her comfort zone to the limit.

Video: A teenager who followed the advice from a 1950s guide on how to be popular has now written her own book, “Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek,” and tells TODAY that some tips from the past remain relevant today.

5. Morgan Freeman checked off a big co-star goal when he signed on for his latest role in “Transcendence.”

"There were three or four attractions to the role, one being Johnny (Depp) himself," Freeman told Savannah and Carson. I “always wanted to have a shot at working with him."

Video: Morgan Freeman joins TODAY to offer a sneak peek at his new sci-fi thriller, “Transcendence,” and talk about his role in the film, which also stars Johnny Depp.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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