One of the blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (AP/Elise Amendola)

Neighbors remember 8-year-old marathon victim

Martin Richard was a vivacious boy who loved to run and climb


Bridget Murphy
April 16, 2013 6:28PM (UTC)

BOSTON (AP) — A young victim of the Boston Marathon bombings is being remembered as a vivacious boy who loved to run and climb.

Congressman Stephen Lynch, a friend of the family, says 8-year-old Martin Richard was among the three people killed in the explosions Monday. The boy's mother and sister were badly injured.

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Lynch says the family had gone to get some ice cream and then to the finish line to watch some friends cross. He describes them as a strong family and says they're doing better than expected.

A candle burned on the stoop of the family's single-family home in the city's Dorchester section, and the word "Peace" was written in chalk on the front walkway. A child's bicycle helmet lay overturned on the front lawn.

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