Bridgewater State unveils sculpture of youngest marathon victim

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Bill Richard shows his son, Martin Richard, in Boston. Martin was 8 years old when he was killed by the second of two bombs that exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Richard, File)

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) — A life-size sculpture of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings has been unveiled at Bridgewater State University.

The sculpture of 8-year-old Martin Richard is artist Victoria Guerina’s representation of a well-known image of Martin holding a poster he made that read, “No More Hurting People … Peace.”

Martin’s sister Jane Richard, who lost a leg in the bombing, sang with a church youth choir during Saturday’s ceremony. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Martin’s father, Bill Richard, were among those who spoke.

The sculpture stands in a pedestrian greenway linking the school’s east and west campus.

The Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice was named last spring at Bridgewater State, where his parents, Bill and Denise Richard, met.

Martin was one of three people killed in the 2013 bombings.
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