The young victim of the Boston Marathon bombings is being remembered as a vivacious boy who loved to run and climb.
Eight-year-old Martin Richard was among the three people killed in the explosions Monday, his father Bill confirmed. His mother and sister were badly injured.
"My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston," Bill Richard said in a statement. "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 privacy as we work simultaneously to grieve and recover."
A candle burned on the stoop of the family's single-family home in the city's Dorchester section Tuesday, and the word "Peace" was written in chalk on the front walkway.
Neighbor Betty Delorey says Martin loved to climb the neighborhood trees, and hop the fence outside his home.
Neighbors and residents gathered on Monday night at Tavolo Restaurant to remember Richard.
“They are beloved by this community,” City Councilor at Large Ayanna Pressley told the Boston Globe. “They contribute in many ways. That’s why you see this outpouring. It’s surreal, it’s tragic."
Richard's mother, Denise, and 6-year-old sister were both badly injured by the blast and were being treated at a Boston hospital, according to WHDH. Denise suffered a brain injury that required surgery, and the sister lost a leg.
The children's father, Bill, is the director of a local community group. The boy's mother works at the Neighborhood House Charter School, where her children attend classes.