8-year-old Martin Richard of Dorchester, Mass., was standing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon waiting for his father to finish the race when an explosion ended his life. He was a third grader who loved to play baseball and ride his bike.
Martin’s 6-year-old sister lost her leg and his mother, Denise, was hospitalized with serious injuries. It has been reported that she underwent surgery for an injury to her brain.
It is unknown how his father is doing.
Last night, area residents gathered at a local restaurant to remember Martin and his family, The Huffington Post reported.
“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. “It’s surreal, it’s tragic, it’s incomprehensible. Everyone here tonight is trying to comfort one another and be prayerful."
A single candle burned on the stoop of the family’s home on Tuesday. Someone had written “Peace” on the front walk.
More than 140 other people were injured on Monday and at least two other people lost their lives.