8-year-old Martin Richard was one of the three who died as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Martin’s mother, Denise, and his sister were grievously injured, The Boston Globe reported.
Denise Richard underwent surgery for an injury to her brain, and Martin’s 6-year-old sister lost her leg, WHDH reported. As of 1 p.m. ET Tuesday, both were still hospitalized, the report added.
The boy’s father, William Richard, is a community leader in the Ashmont section of Dorchester, according to the Globe.
“My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston,” Richard said in a statement Tuesday. “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.”
Almost a year ago, Martin wrote four simple words on a sign at school; “No more hurting people”.
He held up the bright blue sign decorated with hearts framing the word “Peace” for a shot. Unfortunately, Martin was more than hurt yesterday, his life was taken.
The picture became difficult for many to look at as it went viral on Tuesday.
Investigations still continue to find the perpetrators of the bombings which marred a beautiful agelong marathon, but a senior US office has said it is unlikely the attack came from outside as there were still no reactions yet from any foreign group.