Bill Forry, a friend of the Richard family, says the community in his town will support the family during this difficult time and will remember 8-year-old Martin as a gifted athlete, a bright student, and a leader among his peers. He died in the Boston Marathon attack that left his sister and mother seriously wounded.
Forry describes the close-knit family of five as the type of people anyone would want living next door. "The neighborhood revolves around them and their house. They're so inviting and welcoming. They've done so many things in our community, in Dorchester, to improve life there," he says.
Denise Richard was hit in the head with shrapnel and is still recovering. Her young daughter Jane, who loves Irish step dancing, lost a leg in the blast. "She's a tough kid, energetic. And I don't think her dancing days are over," Forry says.
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