SALEM — The father of the 8-year-old Dorchester boy who was killed in a bomb blast Monday at the Boston Marathon is from Salem.
Bill Richard is a 1988 graduate of Salem High School.
“Everybody is shocked something like this can happen, and to somebody we all remember,” said Salem High Principal Dave Angeramo, who went to high school and played youth sports with Richard.
“I’ve talked to several people who grew up with him, and everybody’s heart just goes out to his family,” said Angeramo, who was flooded with messages yesterday from Salem High graduates.
Martin Richard, a third-grader, was one of three people killed in the explosion, which is being called an act of terrorism, near the finish line in Copley Square.
“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.”
Bill Richard’s wife, Denise, underwent emergency brain surgery Monday, while his 6-year-old daughter, Jane, is recovering from a severe leg injury, according to published reports. Older son Henry was uninjured.
Bill Richard suffered minor injuries.
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll issued a statement yesterday.
“Like all of us still reeling from the horrific attacks in Boston (on Monday), I was deeply saddened to learn of the personal connection between our city and the family of one of those killed,” she said. “On behalf of the city of Salem, I extend my most deep condolences to Bill Richard ... and to his family on the tragic loss of their son. We all hope that his wife, Denise, and daughter, Jane, recover quickly.”