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April 17, 2013

Father of 8-year-old victim is from Salem

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The Richard family was watching Monday’s race and had gone to get ice cream before returning to the area near the finish line before the blasts.

“They were looking in the crowd as the runners were coming, to see if they could identify some of their friends, when the bomb hit,” said U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, a friend of the family for 25 years.

Lynch said the family was attempting to get over the race barriers and into the street when the second blast occurred, killing Martin. Bill Richard and a third child were not seriously injured, but doctors did remove ball bearings from Bill Richard’s leg, Lynch said.

Bill Richard is a leader in a local community group and an avid runner and bicyclist. He didn’t run Monday’s race because he has an injury, according to a friend. Richard wasn’t listed as a runner on the marathon’s website.

Denise Richard, who attended Bridgewater State University with her husband, works as a librarian at Neighborhood House Charter School, where Martin was a third-grader and Jane attends first grade.

The Salem Five, in conjunction with the city, has established a fund for the Richard family. The Salem Five Charitable Foundation made an initial donation of $5,000.

“Bill Richard is a graduate of Salem High School, Class of 1988, and a dear friend of some Salem Five employees,” the bank said in a release.

Donations to the Richard Family Fund can be made at any Salem Five branch or by sending a check or money order to: Salem Five, Attn. Richard Family Fund, 210 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970.

Yesterday morning, a candle burned on the stoop of the family’s single-family home in Dorchester, and “peace” was written in chalk on the front walkway. A child’s bicycle helmet lay overturned near the front lawn.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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