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Online community reaches out to help Richard family

Posted by Catherine Cloutier  April 16, 2013 10:38 AM

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Friends and strangers alike have extended both emotional and financial support to the family of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard.

Richard, an 8-year-old Ashmont resident, was fatally injured as he waited for his father, Bill Richard, at the finish line on Boylston Street, friends said. His mother and sister seriously wounded.

A Google Doc called "Caring for the Richard family" circulated on Twitter on Tuesday, calling for donations for the Martin family.

Well-wishers offered food, yardwork and money for medical expenses. Many simply wrote, "Whatever's needed - call on me."

The majority of donors indicated that they did not know the family personally.

The greater online community has reached out to the Martin family under the hashtag #prayforMartin.

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