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Martin Richard’s father offers thanks for thoughts, prayers

(Courtesy of Bill Richard) Martin Richard. (Courtesy of Bill Richard)

Bill Richard, father of Martin Richard, the eight-year-old killed in the bombing, released the following statement Tuesday.

My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. 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.

A guestbook has been established on Legacy.com for people to write messages to the Richard family.

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The Nieghborhood House Charter School also released a statement on Tuesday afternoon. Part of it said:

The Neighborhood House Charter School is mourning today the loss of our beloved student Martin Richard, during the tragic events at the Boston Marathon yesterday. He was a bright, energetic young boy who had big dreams and high hopes for his future. We are heartbroken by this loss.


We are also praying for his mother, Denise, our school librarian and sister Jane, another Neighborhood House Charter student, who were seriously injured yesterday. Our thoughts are with his father, Bill Richard, and older brother, Henry. They are a wonderful family and represent the very best this city has to offer.