Two bombs were detonated in the very crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than100 inwhat the White House said would be treated as an â€śact of terror.â€ť
No person or group has yet claimed responsibility for the atrocity, which killed three people and injured 176, and authorities are yet to establish a motive.
Three people, including an eight-year-old child, were killed, while at least 17 people have be transported to nearest hospitals in a critical condition.
One of the victims was Martin Richard, a boy only of 8-years-old. He was standing near the finish line to cheer on family friends running the Boston Marathon on Monday, when an explosion took his life.
This bright and cheerful eight-year-old, who loved playing football and riding his bike, was taken away in a flash of violence that has shattered his household and left a city grieving.
The explosion claimed Martinâ€™s life, tore off one of his sister’s legs and delivered a blow to the head that gave his mother, Denise Richard, 43, serious brain injuries.
Martin’s brother and father, Bill, were also watching the race, but were not hurt.
Martin’s father, Bill Richard told the world in an email on Tuesday:
“My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack onBoston,” Bill Richard wrote. “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.”
The family released a photo of Martin at a hockey game, dressed in Boston Bruins regalia.
Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old fromMedford,Mass., has been identified as the second victim who lost her life in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Her heartbroken dad had to endure a second shock wave of agony: Doctors initially confused his daughter with her friend who survived.
William Campbell rushed to the hospital and felt relieved when doctors said they were operating on their daughter’s leg atMassachusetts GeneralHospital.
A Bostondetective later showed them a photo of Krystle, who worked as a manager at Jimmy’s Steakhouse, reports the Daily Mail.
“I almost passed out on the floor,”Campbellsaid as he was about to view his daughter’s body.
“She was the best person youâ€™d ever meet. She helped everybody,”Campbellsaid. “I donâ€™t care who you were, she was always there.”
â€śWe had the doctors come out and tell us everything they did (on the survivor) â€” and it wasnâ€™t our daughter,â€ť said William Campbell Jr., 56.
Campbell’s father, William A. Campbell Jr., said about his daughter: “My daughter was the most lovable girl. She helped everybody and I’m just so shocked right now. We’re just devastated.”
Michael McGlynn, mayor ofMedford,Massachusetts, whereCampbellgrew up, said he confirmed her death with her father, William.
“Mr. Campbell said that she certainly was a dream daughter, the daughter that every father dreams to have, and friends of hers said that she was eager about life,” he said.
“She had a great sense of humor and freckles and red hair that brought her right to her Irish roots. She was someone who worked hard at everything she did.”
The third fatality was a Chinese citizen whose identity was not being made public at the request of the victim’s family, the Chinese Consulate in New Yorksaid in a statement late on Tuesday, says Reuters.
The third fatality was a Chinese citizen whose identity was not being made public at the request of the victim’s family, the Chinese Consulate inNew Yorksaid in a statement late on Tuesday.
The victim was aBostonUniversitygraduate student killed while watching the race with friends near the finish line.
There were 183 people injured in the attack, and 23 people remain in critical condition. As many as 10 people suffered a lost limb, including two children.
As investigators struggled to identify the bombers, President Barack Obama described the attacks as â€śan act of terrorâ€ť and promised that Americans would respond â€śselflessly, compassionately, unafraidâ€ť.