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Martin Richard – 8-year-old victim in Boston Marathon bombing
Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester, Mass., was killed in Monday’s terror attack at the Boston Marathon. | Facebook photo
The Boston Globe is reporting that the 8-year-old killed in Monday’s bomb attack at the Boston Marathon is Martin Richard of the Dorchester section of the city.
The Globe talked to community members who gathered to pay respects – and offer prayers for the family.
The grief resonated sharply in Dorchester, where locals gathered Monday night at Tavolo Restaurant in memory of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the attack, and his mother and sister, who suffered grievous injuries. Martin’s father, Bill, is a community leader in the Ashmont section of Dorchester. A third child was reportedly uninjured.
“They are beloved by this community. They contribute in many ways. That’s why you see this outpouring,” said City Councilor at Large Ayanna Pressley, who was among the mourners. “It’s surreal, it’s tragic, it’s incomprehensible. Everyone here tonight is trying to comfort one another and be prayerful.”
A candle burned on the stoop of the family’s single-family home in the city’s Dorchester section Tuesday, and the word “Peace” was written in chalk on the front walkway.
Neighbor Betty Delorey says Martin loved to climb the neighborhood trees, and hop the fence outside his home.
The children’s father, Bill, is the director of a local community group. The boy’s mother, Denise, works at the Neighborhood House Charter School, where her children attend classes.