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Hundreds gather at One Year Later vigil in Dorchester

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DORCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - Tuesday the family of the youngest Boston Marathon bombing victim, Martin Richard, stepped out in public as a family for the first time since the horrific attacks at the finish line.

The family, who suffered such a devastating loss, showed so much strength one year later.

A vigil was held to remember Martin in Dorchester Tuesday night, but the family did not attend.

Still, the rain didn’t stop hundreds from going to Garvey Park for the vigil.

As young as he was, Martin was a big part of this community, known by many.

"Come out and show support and celebrate their lives rather than you know the tragedy that happened a year ago. It's a whole new year, a new life, for the family and everyone else affected,” Nick Veno said.

The Richard family, along with Jane, Martin's younger sister now wearing a prosthetic leg, walked down Boylston Street to the finish line with the mayor and laid wreaths down at the site of both bombings.

Later, during the memorial, Mayor Walsh talked about how the Richard family, especially the kids, Henry and Jane, teach us all the importance of never giving up.

"Martin's older brother Henry gets that. He's an exceptional student, a good athlete, a great kid, always eager to help. He's the kind of kid you want your kids to be friends with. So is his sister Jane. Now they're teaching us a thing or two about never giving up. And by the way, you didn't hear it from me, but Jane is back to playing CYO basketball again,” Walsh said.

Governor Deval Patrick shared a picture with us of Martin that he still carries around to this day.

"I carry in my pocket today the photograph of Martin Richard holding a campaign sign for me when he was 2-years-old ‘He got around Mr. Mayor.’ There are no strangers here,” Patrick said.

Back in Dorchester, where the Richard family and the mayor reside, the community remembers martin while looking forward.

"Just a sense of community, and everyone coming together, in tragedy there are some things that blossom for good. This is one of them,” Dan Romano said.

Mayor Walsh was at the vigil, but he said he didn’t want to speak because he was attending as a resident of Dorchester and not as the mayor of Boston.
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