A young boy who was killed on Monday from a terrorist explosion just moments after he greeted his father who had just crossed the finish line after completing the 26 mile run at the Boston Marathon, has been identified.
The boy’s name is Martin Richard, 8-years-old, from Dorchester, Mass..
The youngster has been described as a boy who loved to play baseball and ride his bike, according to a neighbor via ABC News.
The boy’s mother and sister are among those who are listed in critical condition after an explosion turned what was supposed to be a joyous occasion into a national tragedy. The U.S. government is now calling the double bomb explosion an act of terror.
A neighbor of the Richard family, Jane Sherman, said she had no words to describe how they were feeling about the loss of the “typical 8-year-old”. Sherman also said the Richard family were a “very close knit family” and called the incident “tragic.”
A single candle was lit last night at the boy’s home, as a memorial to the youngster who lost his life in the explosion.
Bill Richard, the boy’s father, is reportedly a prominent member of their Dorchester community. Several people who were standing next to the boy as the bomb went off, have reportedly lost limbs. It is unknown if the boy’s mother and sister are among those who experienced trauma forced amputations.