Eight-year-old Martin Richard just got his ice cream and wanted to hug his dad for it, but unfortunately, his life was taken soon thereafter. He was among the three casualties in yesterday's Boston Marathon bombings.
A pressure cooker packed with explosives and metal and stuffed into a black duffel bag blew up from the pavement where Martin, his father, mother, seven-year-old sister, and 12-year-old brother were standing, watching the runners who were nearing the finish line.
His younger sister Jane lost a leg in the explosion while his mother Denise is in the hospital after undergoing brain surgery. His older brother Henry escaped injury while his father Bill suffered minor shrapnel wounds.
The atrocity left three dead and 176 injured. Authorities are still investigating on the case.
Mr. Richard, 42, a community activist, lamented the lost of his "dear son."
"We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers," he said in a statement. "I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin."
A Facebook photo shows Martin holding a sign that reads: "No more hurting people. Peace."
Also killed in the blast were Krystle Campbell, 29, who had been watching her boyfriend who was running in the marathon; and an unnamed Chinese grad student at Boston University who was watching the race with friends.