Excited and full of life, an enthusiastic Martin Richard, all of eight years, was waiting by the finish line to cheer his father, Bill, as he crossed the chequered line at the Boston Marathon on Monday. His little 6-year-old sister Jane and mother Denise flanked him. But as his impatient eyes looked on in the direction of the incoming runners, a huge ball of fire engulfed the boy. Denise and Jane were knocked off their feet by the impact of the explosion.
Seconds later another explosion went off near by and there were clouds of smoke, dust and mayhem all around.The young victim, Martin, belonged to a socially active family from suburban Dorchester. His family was beloved in the community, informed friends. Both Bill and Denise Richard are community leaders in Dorchester and had been working actively for the development of the community.
“It’s surreal, it’s tragic. They contributed in many ways, and that’s why you see this outpouring. They are beloved by this community,” said Ayanna Pressley, a city councillor.
Denise underwent surgery yesterday, while Jane has a grievously injured leg that was reportedly blown off in the explosion. “The family is deeply involved in all facets of life in Dorchester, from little league baseball and soccer to their church, St. Ann’s parish in Neponset,” said a community member at the condolence meeting yesterday.