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Mass Honors Bomb Victim

Boston — The youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings was honored yesterday at a Roman Catholic Mass on what would have been his ninth birthday.

The family of Martin Richard was joined by hundreds of people from Boston and the region in yesterday’s tribute at St. Ann Parish in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. The congregation cheered as Martin’s 7-year-old sister, Jane, who lost a leg in the explosion, wheeled herself up the center aisle with the pastor.

Martin’s father, Bill Richard, described his son as an outstanding and curious student who loved astronomy, math and solving complicated problems, The Dorchester Reporter reported.

Bill Richard, wearing a peace symbol button, said Martin helped younger students and settled disputes and enjoyed playing and winning at Monopoly.

Martin was one of three people killed in the April 15 bombings. More than 260 others were hurt, including most of Martin’s family.

His mother, Denise, suffered a head injury and lost vision in an eye. Father Bill received shrapnel wounds and burns to his legs and suffered hearing loss. The eldest child, Henry, was unharmed.

— The Associated Press