When Monday's grim events in Boston seemed like they couldn't get any more tragic , an even darker shadow was cast when news came out that an 8-year-old child was among the dead. Now, local reports are identifying the child as Martin Richard, a resident of Dorchester, the largest neighborhood in Boston.
According to the Boston Globe, Martin was waiting at the finish line for his father, who was running the race. Alongside him were his mother and sister. As his father crossed the finish line, Martin rushed to him and gave him a hug. As the boy turned back towards the sidewalk to join his family, the bomb went off.
Martin's mother and sister were severely injured in the blast. The 6-year-old sister reportedly lost her leg, as Martin lost his life. Monday night, the community of Dorchester was heavy with mourning and disbelief.
"They are beloved by this community," City Councilor at Large Ayanna Pressley told the Boston Globe of the Richard family.
Martin's father, Bill Richard, is a community leader. "They contribute in many ways. That's why you see this outpouring. It's surreal. It's tragic."