epa03665586 Undated handout photo released 17 April 2013 by the Neighborhood House Charter School shows Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard, 8. Richard was killed, and his mother and sister were injured when one of two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 15 April 2013. Three people have been reported killed in the attack. EPA/NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE CHARTER SCHOOL HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
This photo of Martin Richard underscored the tragedy of the Marathon bomb attacks. The family says a new foundation will honor his message of “No more hurting people — Peace.”
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The family of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard says it is establishing a foundation in his memory to invest in education, athletics, and community.

“This foundation will be a legacy for Martin, allowing us to ‘pay it forward’ and make a difference in ways that would make him proud but also be a source of healing and purpose for us,” the Richard family said in a statement issued today.

The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation’s “first order of business” is to recruit a team of charity runners for this April’s Boston Marathon, the statement said.

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“Our lives have changed forever, but many things stay the same. We miss Martin deeply – more than any words on paper could possibly describe. We persevere, trying to live as normal a life as possible for our sake and for the sake of our children. Through all we have been through, it has become obvious that we need to fill the emptiness we continue to feel. Martin will forever be a part of us, but we also feel an obligation to make sure the world remembers him and his message,” the statement said.

Martin Richard, 8, was killed in the bombing attack on April 15. His sister, Jane, a year younger, lost her leg in the blast. Parents Bill and Denise Richard also suffered injuries. Their third child, Henry, was also at the scene but was not physically injured.

Martin Richard was one of three people killed in the blast. More than 260 people were injured. One of the alleged bombers is dead; the other is facing charges, both in the bombings and the murder of an MIT police officer several days later.

The foundation will operate as Team MR8, the statement said. Anyone who wants to apply for a marathon bib or who wants more information should visit www.TeamMR8.org, the family said.