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      Father of 8-year-old boy killed in Boston explosions releases statement

      Martin Richard

      The young victim of the Boston Marathon bombings is being remembered as a vivacious boy who loved to run and climb.

      8-year-old Martin Richard was among the three people killed in the explosions Monday. His mother and sister were badly injured.

      Martin's father, Bill Richard, released a statement on Tuesday.

      ??My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries," says Richard. " 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. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you.??

      A candle burned on the stoop of the family's single-family home in the city's Dorchester section Tuesday, and the word "Peace" was written in chalk on the front walkway.

      Neighbor Betty Delorey says Martin loved to climb the neighborhood trees, and hop the fence outside his home.

      Bill Richard is the director of a local community group. The boy's mother, Denise, works at the Neighborhood House Charter School, where her children attend classes.

      Police commissioner Ed Davis confirmed the three deaths but provided no details.

      The explosions Monday also injured more than 144 people, 17 critically, and knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet.

      Some of the victims lost arms and legs. Other injuries included broken bones, shrapnel wounds and ruptured eardrums.

      Information from the Associated Press used in this article.