The older brother of a victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing raised his fist in an emotional display of triumph on Monday after finishing the race to pay tribute to his fallen brother.
Henry Richard was just 10 years old in 2013 when two terrorists detonated bombs at the Boston race finish line, killing his brother, Martin Richard. Her younger sister, Jane, lost a leg in the terrorist attack.
Richard, now 20, hugged Jane and her parents after finishing the grueling 26.2-mile race on Monday after a final push down Boylston Street.
“So many people were there for me. All my friends, my family,” he said. “Motivation was the least of my concerns. There were so many people supporting me. It was wonderful and I couldn’t believe it.
Richard wrote the names of his siblings on his arms and shoulders and paused briefly in front of a memorial in their honor along the race route.
Martin Richard was one of three people who died in the terrorist attack that turned the annual competition into chaos.
Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with authorities days after the attack while his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, had his death sentence reinstated in federal court last month.
Currently enrolled at Pace University in New York, Henry Richard said it was his first achievement of a full marathon – and dedicated the performance to his brother.
“I’m so glad I finally got to be here,” he said. “So emotional. I know Martin would have done it with me…I did it for both of us.
He wore a yellow jersey bearing the initials of his brother who died during the race.
New York Post