Boston Bombing Victim Martin Richard Laid To Rest

Atlanta 4/24/2013 02:56 AM GMT (TransWorldNews)

A private funeral service for Martin Richard, the youngest person killed in the Boston Marathon bombings, was held Tuesday morning. His parents, Bill and Denise Richard, released a statement saying a public memorial will be held soon.

"The outpouring of love and support over the last week has been tremendous. This has been the most difficult week of our lives and we appreciate that our friends and family have given us space to grieve and heal,” the couple said. "A private Funeral Mass was celebrated this morning with immediate family. We laid our son Martin to rest, and he is now at peace. We plan to have a public memorial service in the coming weeks to allow friends and loved ones from our community to join us for a celebration of Martin's life."

Martin, 8, was standing near the marathon finish line with his parents and 6-year-old sister Jane when one of the bombs detonated. Denise suffered a brain injury and Jane lost one of her legs. Bystanders Krystle Campbell, 29, and Lu Lingzi, 23, also died in the blasts.

Also laid to rest Tuesday was 27-year-old MIT security officer Sean Collier. He was shot and killed by the bombing suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Thursday night. 

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