Following Monday afternoon’s terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, it was widely being reported that an eight year old boy was among those that had been killed. According to a report from the Boston Globe, that boy has now been identified as Martin Richard — a native of Dorchester, Massachusetts.
The story is heartbreaking as the boy was at the finish line only to greet his father — a reported community leader in Dorchester — as he crossed the finish line. As of Tuesday morning, Martin is one of three individuals who have been confirmed dead from the bombings on Boylston Street.
In addition to the news of the boy’s death, it was also reported that his sister has lost a leg in the attack and his mother was suffering from brain injuries. A single candle was lit and left on the doorstep of the family’s Dorchester home on Monday night. Dorchester is a section of Boston just south of the city itself.
“There are no words to describe how they are feeling … we are feeling,” neighbor Jane Sherman told WCVB.
Martin was a third grader and was described as your typical eight year old child. He loved to ride his bike and play baseball, according to reports.
WHDH in Boston reported that his younger sister, who lost her leg, is only six years old. She is currently in first grade.
The death toll from the bombings at the Boston Marathon remains at three, while 17 reported patients are still currently listed in critical condition. Over 150 total injuries have been reported.
Martin’s father released the following statement on Tuesday:
“My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries. We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you.” – Bill Richard
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