One Child Killed, Others Injured in Boston Marathon Explosions
An 8-year-old boy was one of the three victims confirmed dead from the explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon on Monday, according to multiple media reports.
Two separate explosions tore through the area near the marathon's finish line just before 3 p.m. on Monday. Of the more than 130 injured from the two blasts, at least eight were children, CNN.com reported on Monday night.
Martin Richard, the 8-year-old who was among the fatalities, was "rushed from the scene" moments after the bombing, rescue officials told the Boston Herald.
[UPDATE (4/16, 2:15 pm): His father, Bill, released a statement on Tuesday afternoon (via Boston.com):
"My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. 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."]
At Boston Children's Hospital, a 2-year-old boy was admitted to the hospital's Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit with a head injury, according to ABCNews.com, and a 9-year-old girl went to the operating room with leg trauma. A 7-year-old boy went to the emergency room for a minor leg injury and a 12-year-old was seen for a femur fracture, officials said.
Edith Honan, a politics and general news reporter with Reuters, tweeted at least two other injuries from Children's Hospital: a 14-year-old sustained a head injury and a 10-year-old had leg trauma.
Boston Public Schools were closed on Monday in recognition of Patriots' Day, the state holiday commemorating the first battles of the American Revolution. The district had its "Spring Recess" already scheduled for this week, which means public schools won't re-open in Boston until April 22.
"Today is a sad day for the City of Boston, for the running community, and for all those who were here to enjoy the 117th running of the Boston Marathon," said marathon officials in a statement Monday night."What was intended to be a day of joy and celebration quickly became a day in which running a marathon was of little importance."
Darren Rovell, a sports business reporter for ABC News and ESPN, noted on Twitter that the explosions went off roughly four hours and nine minutes into the race, only minutes before the average finishing time of the 2012 marathon (four hours and 18 minutes).
In an address to the nation Monday night, President Barack Obama said that those responsible for the explosions "will feel the full weight of justice."
The 26th mile of the race was dedicated to the 26 victims of December's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to NBCNews.com. Marathon organizers held a 26-second moment of silence before the start of the race. Members of the "Newtown Strong" team that ran the marathon were all unharmed by the explosions, according to a Facebook post from the group. One of those runners was Laura Nowacki, whose daughter survived the December shooting, according to Newtown Patch.
A number of Boston athletes expressed their sympathies toward the victims of the attack on Twitter throughout Monday. ESPNBoston.com gathered a sampling of those reactions, including some from current Boston Red Sox players, former Boston Marathon runners, and a number of current players for the New England Patriots and Boston Celtics.
As more information becomes available from Monday's tragedy, we'll continue to update you.
Photos, from top: "Pray for Martin" is written in chalk at a park near the home of Martin Richard in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, on Tuesday, April 16. Eight-year old Martin was killed in the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
This undated photo provided by Bill Richard shows his son, Martin Richard, in Boston. Martin Richard, 8, was among the at least three people killed in the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday. (AP Photo/Bill Richard)
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