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Stories of family tragedies emerge from Boston marathon bombing

Peace is written on the sidewalk in front of the Richard house in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Martin Richard, 8, was killed in Monday's bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Personal stories and tragedies of victims and families impacted by the bombing at the Boston Marathon are beginning to come to light.

One of the most heartbreaking stories to emerge from Monday's terror attack at the Boston Marathon so far concerns the 8-year-old boy who died.

The boy has been identified as 8-year-old Martin Richard. He was watching the race with his mom and his little sister.

The blast killed Martin. His mother, Denise, and 6-year-old sister, Jane, were badly injured. Martin's father and brother were also at the race, but reports indicate they were not hurt.

On Tuesday morning, a candle burned on the stoop of the Richard's home in the city's Dorchester section, and "peace" was written in chalk on the front walkway. A child's bicycle helmet lay overturned on the front lawn.

Another family tragedy is the story of two brothers standing on the sidewalk to cheer on a friend competing in the marathon. One of the brothers managed to contact their mother from the ambulance but didn't know what happened to his other brother.

It appears now both men, in their 30s, lost one leg from the knee down. Those brothers were reportedly standing right next to Martin Richard.

Finally, there's also a kind of additional poignancy to the fact that the theme of the marathon this year was 26 miles for 26 victims, in honor of the victims of the Newtown shootings. A number of the Newtown families were seated in the VIP section near the finish line across the street from where the two explosions went off.

None of the Newtown families were injured but they were close witnesses to yet another tragedy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tom Tangney is the co-host of The Tom and Curley Show on KIRO Radio and resident enthusiast of...everything. As the film and media critic on the Morning News on KIRO Radio, he espouses his love for books, movies, TV, art, pop culture, politics, sports, and Husky football.

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