The boy who died after waiting for his dad to finish the Boston Marathon Monday when two bombs exploded seconds apart was a typical 8-year-old who loved to ride his bike and play baseball, according to a neighbor.
Martin Richard died from the explosion that injured his mother and sister as they all waited for his father to finish the race, according to ABC News' Boston affiliate WCVB-TV.
A single candle was placed in front of his home overnight in Dorchester, Massachusetts
“There are no words to describe how they are feeling … we are feeling,” neighbor Jane Sherman told WCVB, adding that the family is close-knit.
The death toll from the twin bombings stands at three. At least 145 people — 10 children — were injured in the attack, according to the latest ABC News count. At least 17 people are in critical condition.
Dr. Vivek Shah was among those who provided on-site assistance He had just crossed the 26.2-mile finish line at the marathon Monday when he was forced to put his medical skills to work.
“I've never obviously been in combat, but people I've trained with have been and this is as close as I can imagine it would be,” Shah told ABC News Radio late Monday night. “Just, basically piles of victims. Everything I saw was a traumatic amputation, basically.”
Shah, an orthopedic surgeon at New England Baptist Hospital in Roxbury Crossing, Mass., said he saw injuries along the sidewalks on Boylston Street for which no amount of training could prepare him.
“In all my medical training, I have not seen things that I saw [Monday]. Everything was traumatic,” Shah said.