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8-Year-Old Victim In Boston Bombings Remembered By Friends With Chalk Memorial
April 16, 2013
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This photo is of a chalk memorial in honour of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings.

It was made by his friends and classmates at the Neighbourhood House Charter School, telling him they loved him and will never forget him.

Martin was in grade three, and was at the marathon with his dad, mom, six-year-old sister and older brother.

The Guardian reports the family "had been trying to get away from the first explosion when they were caught in the second blast."

Martin was killed, while his mother, Denise, and sister, Jane, were badly injured. His father, Bill, was hit on the legs by metal fragments and ball bearings. His older brother, Henry, wasn't injured.

"My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries,'' Bill Richard said in a statement released today.

"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.''

He added, "we also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you."


As The Boston Globe reports, "the Richard family has strong ties to the school. Martin and his sister Jane attended while their mother, Denise, is the school's librarian."

"We are a small school and everyone knows and loves each other,'' Headmaster Kevin Andrews said in a statement. "They are a wonderful family and represent the very best this city has to offer.''

Andrews described Martin Richard as a "bright, energetic young boy who had big dreams and high hopes for his future. We are heartbroken by this loss.''

Martin's 2nd cousin, Dotty Willett told the Globe that when she found out a child had died in the explosions, she was heartbroken to think of the family.

"Then I found out we were the family," she said.

At the Richards' home today, neighbours and friends left flowers and gifts. Candles burned on the front steps, and the word "peace" was written in chalk.

8-year-old-boy-killed-in-boston-marathon-bombings-remembered-by-friends-with-chalk-memorial-feature3.jpg Krystle Campbell, 29, from Medford, Massachusetts has been identified by her father as one of the other victims.

Her grandmother told The Boston Globe that she'd gone to the marathon every year. "She's been doing it since she was a little girl. She didn't miss a marathon, watching it at the finish line."

As of this writing, the third victim has been indentified as a graduate student at Boston University. The school said it's waiting for permission from the family before releasing the name.

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