Memorial grows for 8-year-old victim of bombings
DORCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -- Students in Dorchester return to class Monday but one desk will be empty.
The community is still reeling from the loss of 8-year-old Martin Richard in the Boston Marathon bombings.
The memorial continued to grow over the weekend with balloons, flowers, teddy bears and an outpouring of support for everyone affected.
Many mementoes placed are special to Richard, who asked for ‘peace and no more hurting people’ in an unforgettable image that has gone viral since the Boston Marathon bombing victim had been identified.
Richard was killed in the blast. The community came together in prayer and support for his family as his sister and mother, also injured, continue their recovery process. His sister lost a leg and his mother required brain surgery.
His family offered its thanks to the investigators who worked around the clock on the case and the civilians who offered tips and images that helped authorities zero in on two suspects. Martin Richard's family said it trusts that the justice system will now "do its job" after the arrest of 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friday night in the Boston suburb of Watertown. His brother and fellow suspect died in a shootout with police. Martin was killed in Monday's blast along with two other. His mother and sister were among some 180 others wounded. The family also added that it continues to "pray for healing and for comfort" for the rest of the victims on their road to recovery.
The Richard Family fund was set up for anyone hoping to help the family.
A recent addition to the memorial is a sign that reads, ‘Can you feel a brand new day?’
The Associated Press contributed to this report.