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Dorchester Boy Martin Richard, 8, Killed in Boston Terror Attack; Mom and Sister Critically Injured

(Family photo)

(Family photo)

The 8-year-old boy who died in Monday’s terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon was there watching his father compete in the race. His mother and sister, who were also there, were both critically injured in the bombing.

WHDH reports that Martin Richard, from the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, was one of three people killed in the attack, while his mother, Denise Richard, suffered a “grave, serious” brain injury and underwent surgery Monday night. The slain boy’s sister lost a leg in the blast. The boy’s father, Bill Richard, was not hurt. More than 140 people were injured, many of them with serious lower body trauma, by the twin explosions that rocked the finish line area of the race at around 2:50 p.m. There are still no suspects in the attack.

The Richard family is said to be “very active” in their community. A single candle was lit in front of the family’s home on Monday, with the word, ‘peace,’ written on the sidewalk. Residents gathered at a neighborhood restaurant in memory of the slain child.

“The are beloved by this community,” City Councilor at Large Ayanna Pressley told the Boston Globe. “They contribute in many ways. That’s why you see this outpouring. It’s surreal, it’s tragic.’’

CNN reports that Martin attended the Neighborhood House Charter School, where he had participated in a Peace Walk last year. He’d made a festive sign for the event with this simple message: “No more hurting people. Peace.”

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