Mass Commemorates Young Boston Victim

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jun. 10, 2013
Martin Richard was remembered on Sunday by his friends and family. Photo: Guardian

Martin Richard would have turned nine this weekend.

Even though it’s been nearly two months since the tragic Boston Marathon terrorist bombings, the nation still pauses to remember its victims.

Especially poignant was a mass held in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester at St. Ann church to celebrate the life of the youngest person to lose their life that day: Martin Richard, who would have turned 9 this weekend.

According to the Dorchester Reporter, Martin’s father and mother, Bill and Denise, as well as his older brother, Henry, and younger sister, Jane.

Seven-year-old Jane lost her leg below the knee during the bombing. She wheeled herself around the church and received a standing ovation from the congregants.

Martin’s father, Bill, wore a peace symbol button. He said that his son was someone who helped younger students and enjoyed settling disputes.

Additionally Martin was a curious student who loved astronomy, math, and solving complicated problems.

Martin’s mother suffered a head injury and lost vision in an eye, while his father received shrapnel wounds and burns to his legs.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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