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It has been confirmed that 8-year-old Martin Richard was one of 3 people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing that is being called a “potential terrorist attack.”

Martin had just given his father a hug after he crossed the finish line and was returning to his mother and 6-year-old sister when the explosion took his life. His mother suffered a severe brain injury and little sister’s leg was blown off.

Martin was in the 3rd grade.

“This cowardly act will not be taken within stride,” Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told reporters. “We will turn every rock over to find the people who are responsible for this.”

According to reports, approximately 133 people, including several other children, were injured. Amputations and burns are among the injuries listed and the death toll is expected to climb.

President Barack Obama, responding to the explosions at the Boston Marathon, says the United States does not know “who did this or why” but vowed that whoever is responsible “will feel the full weight of justice.”

He said: “We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.”

Obama made his remarks Monday evening from the White House about three hours after two explosions detonated near the marathon’s finish line. At least two people were killed and 50 injured in the blasts.

Obama has been in touch with federal law enforcement and Massachusetts officials in the aftermath of the explosions.

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