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Family releases information on child killed in Boston Marathon explosions

In fewer than 24 hours, an 8-year-old boy killed by explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon has become the face of a national tragedy.
Boston (WSYR-TV) - In fewer than 24 hours, an 8-year-old boy killed by explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon has become the face of a national tragedy.

Martin Richard had run into the street to congratulate his father, Bill, when the blasts erupted.

For the slain boy’s family and other participants and supporters at the event, the moment of joy and triumph turned into tragedy.

"I thought I saw a child laying to the left and my wife didn't see that as she later told me and I thought perhaps it was clothing or perhaps it was someone's limb because there was a man there missing a limb, but it - ah - it was surreal,” said Michael Murphy, who witnessed the incident.

The boy’s mother and sister were also nearly killed in the incident.

The boy’s 6-year-old sister lost her leg, and his mother suffered a severe brain injury.

Candles burn in their home in Dorchester, Mass., and the word peace is scrawled on the sidewalk outside the house.

“Martin, you were the sweetest, funniest boy. I’m going to miss you so much, but now you are an angel,” his aunt said via Twitter.

According to CNN affiliate WHDH, his mother, Denis, is out of surgery.

His sister remains in the hospital.

According to local newspaper The Dorchester Reporter, the Richards 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.

Bill Richard released a statement saying, “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.”

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