Youngest Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Immortalized With Bronze Statue

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When creating a bronze statue of a person, etching out the smile can be a bit problematic.

But when artist Victoria Guerina set out to make the life-size statue of 8-year-old Martin Richard, — unveiled at Bridgewater State University on Saturday — she knew she had to get the smile right.

“It was part of his personality, I had to include it,” Guerina said. “There was only one picture that (the Richard family) showed me where he wasn’t smiling.”

Martin Richard was the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The two bombs that went off near the finish line also killed Krystle Campbell, 29, and Lu Lingzi, 23, and injured hundreds others.

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday morning for a ceremony unveiling the sculpture at the university, where Martin’s parents — Bill and Denise Richard — met before they graduated in 1993. The ceremony also marked the renaming of its social justice institute after the young boy.

According to a press release, the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice is “dedicated to the betterment of of others,” with many programs dedicated to helping “at-risk and marginalized children.”

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh offered remarks about how an image of Martin holding up a sign asking for peace went viral after the bombings. Martin is more than just a symbol of peace, he said.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Trisha Thadani