An eight-year-old boy has been identified among the victims of the Boston Marathon terror attack that claimed the lives of three people and injured over 140 others.
Martin Richard was waiting, together with his mother and sister, to give his father, who was participating in the race, a hug as he crossed the finish line when the bombs went off.
In addition to killing Martin, the bomb took his sister’s leg and injured his mother.
His mother, identified as Denise Richard, had surgery on Monday night to deal with a purported brain injury, according to reports.
Martin, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, was a typical 8-year-old who loved to ride his bike and play baseball, said neighbor Jane Sherman.
"There are no words to describe how they are feeling ... we are feeling," Sherman said.
The explosion occurred about 10 seconds apart at 2:50 p.m. near the intersection of Boylston and Exeter streets, shattering windows and knocking spectators and runners off their feet.
President Barack Obama said vowed to find those responsible and bring justice to the American people.
"We will find out who did this. We'll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice," he said.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack, which was the most serious act of terror in the United States since September 11, 2001.