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8-year-old killed at Boston Marathon identified

Newbury St. was closed off to pedestrians and motorists on Monday, April 15, 2013, after an explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed at least three people and injuring more than 100. Buerkle was a block away cheering on a friend's mother when the blast happened. UPI/Jacob Belcher | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/6bd99b3f3ac8a56aa631a4c7bbf1cef7/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Newbury St. was closed off to pedestrians and motorists on Monday, April 15, 2013, after an explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed at least three people and injuring more than 100. Buerkle was a block away cheering on a friend's mother when the blast happened. UPI/Jacob Belcher | License Photo

An 8-year-old boy that was killed in the explosions at the Boston Marathon has now been identified as Martin Richard, according to the Boston Globe.

Richard was attending the race to see his father, Bill, compete in the race, WHDH reported. His mother and 6-year-old sister remain hospitalized.

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Richard's mother, Denise, had surgery Monday night after sustaining a serious brain injury from blast schrapnel. His 6-year-old sister lost a leg. Another sibling was not hurt.

"They are beloved by this community," said Ayanna Pressley, city councilor at large in their home town of Dorchester, Mass., according to the Boston Globe. "It’s surreal, it’s tragic, it’s incomprehensible. Everyone here tonight is trying to comfort one another and be prayerful."

On Tuesday, a candle burned on the stoop of the Richards' home. The word "peace" was written in chalk.

Richard was one of three people killed in the Boston Marathon explosions. About 140 people were injured, including Richard's mother and sister.

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