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8-year-old boy killed in Boston bombing; mom, sister injured

By Brett Wilkins     Apr 17, 2013 in Crime
Boston - An 8-year-old boy who was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon to watch his father compete in the race was killed in Monday's terrorist bombing. His mother and sister were also seriously wounded.
WHDH reports that Martin Richard, from the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, was one of three people killed in the terror attack. His mother, Denise Richard, suffered a serious brain injury and underwent surgery on Monday night. His 6-year-old sister Jane lost a leg in one of the explosions that rocked the finish line area at 2:50 p.m. The slain boy's father, Bill Richard, was not hurt.
Also killed was 29-year-old Arlington restaurant manager Krystle Campbell. The third fatality was an unidentified Chinese graduate student attending Boston University.
Authorities have still not identified any suspects in the attack.
The Richard family is said to be very active in their Dorchester community. A single candle was lit in front of the family's home on Monday evening, with the word 'peace' written on the sidewalk. Residents gathered at a neighborhood restaurant in memory of Martin.
"They are beloved by this community," Boston 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 in response to the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in Florida. He'd made a sign for the event with this simple message: "No more hurting people. Peace."
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