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Richards were regular visitors to Ireland

THE Richard family, who have been left distraught following the Boston Marathon bombings, have Irish roots and are regular visitors to Co Kerry.

Martin Richard died in the second blast at the finish line, while his mother, Denise, is seriously ill in hospital and his sister, Jane (5), lost a leg.

Denise's family, the O'Briens, are originally from Co Kerry, while Jane was growing up to be a talented Irish dancer.

Neighbours of the family in the Dorchester area of Boston described Martin has an "outgoing little boy" who was inseparable from his big brother.

Family friend Della Costello said: "She (Denise) has been to Ireland many times, and her cousins in Kerry have been out to visit her."

Ms Costello said she can't imagine how Mr Richard is bearing up after the loss of his son, and now his wife and daughter are seriously ill. However, the local community are rallying behind the family.

Eileen Dinn, owner of the Clifden Irish Dance Academy where Jane is a pupil, told the Irish Independent that the community was in a state of shock following the tragedy.

Meanwhile, the second bombing victim, named last night as Krystle Campbell (29) from Medford, Massachusetts, is also understood to have Irish links.

Mayor Michael McGlynn said he had spoken with her father William Campbell to offer his condolences.

"She had a great sense of humour and freckles and red hair that brought her right to her Irish roots," he said.

Irish Independent