After 8-year-old Martin tragically lost his life during the Boston Marathon bombing, a huge crowd gathered in the boy’s neighborhood to honor him with a candlelight vigil.
On April 15, third grader Martin Richard was killed when two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Martin was cheering on his father, a runner in the race, with his mother and sister when the bombs exploded. His mother suffered a brain injury, and his sister lost her leg in the explosion.
On April 16, a crowd gathered in Garvey Park in Boston to honor the 8-year-old boy who passed away in the horrific attacks. Billy Baker, a reporter for The Boston Globe, tweeted, “Big crowd 40 minutes before Garvey Park vigil. Going to be a huge turnout, because that’s just how Dorchester does it. This matters.”
“Big crowd at candlelight vigil at Garvey Park. Dorchester has come out huge to honor the 8-year-old boy they lost, we all lost,” he added. “Dorchester neighbors hold candles aloft at Garvey Park vigil for 8-year-old Martin Richard.”
Martin Richard’s Dad Speaks About Son’s Death
Martin’s father, Bill Richard, released a statement after his son’s death:
“My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries. 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. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you.”
— Jenny Pickard