Kids & Grownups Gather to Remember Boy Killed in Boston Marathon Bombing
Eight-year-old Kaytlyn Lynch says she and 8-year-old Martin Richard used to play together almost every Friday.
“We draw together,” Kaytlyn told the Boston Globe newspaper. “We draw sports pictures.”
On Tuesday, Kaytlyn and her mom stopped by Martin’s house in Boston, Massachusetts.
But Martin wasn’t there.
He was one of the three people killed in Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon – and the only kid.
At least 176 other people were injured, including Martin’s mother, Denise Richard, and his 6-year-old sister, Jane.
“She’s just like Martin,” Kaytlyn told a Globe reporter.
“A bright energetic young boy who had big dreams and high hopes for his future,” is how Martin was described in a press release from the Neighborhood House Charter School – the school where Kaytlyn and Martin were classmates. “We are heartbroken by this loss.”
Martin’s father, Bill Richard, and his little brother, Henry, are okay, according to media reports.
Neighbors say they often saw Martin and Henry outside, playing sports, regardless of the weather.
“(He) and his little brother would play in the driveway, the front yard, chasing a ball,” neighbor Dan Aguilar told the Boston Herald.
But even though Martin loved sports, he also had a softer side, too.
A photograph released by his family shows him holding up a sign recently – a sign that said, “No more hurting. Peace.”
“He was just adorable,” 12-year-old Marin Bailey told New York City TV station WCBS.
Marin was one of hundreds of people who gathered Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood – the neighborhood where Martin lived.
She says she knew Martin from summer camp.
Other kids turned out for the vigil as well.
Some knew Martin.
Some did not.
But all felt that they had to be there for him.
“It’s very nice that we’re all coming together like this,” Marin told WCBS reporter Jessica Schneider. “(But) it’s terrible that any of this had to happen.”