Tragedy of Irish-dance loving Jane Richard, 7, who has lost a leg

Eight days after the terror attack that claimed the life of Martin Richard, 8, his family still has an anxious wait for news on his little sister, Jane, who has lost a leg and remains in a critical condition, it has emerged today.

Jane Richard, 7, is believed to have been standing on the marathon fence next to the big brother she idolized when Monday's blast took place.

Father Bill and mother Denise - who also suffered head injuries - are having to remain strong for their youngest child, who is fighting 'multiple injuries' from the terror attack after losing a leg.

Victim: Jane Richard, left, lost a leg in the terror attack and is still in a critical condition. Her brother Martin, right, was killed

Family torn apart: Jane Richard, bottom left, is pictured in an undated photo with her family. Her brother Martin, eight, was killed in the terror attacks and her mother, Denise, has undergone brain surgery

Watching: Martin Richard leans against a barrier - believed to be with his younger sister and father - just yards from where terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is thought to have left one of the two bombs

The couple buried their second oldest son in a private funeral today while their youngest remains hospitalised.

'The outpouring of love and support over the last week has been tremendous. This has been the most difficult week of our lives and we appreciate that our friends and family have given us space to grieve and heal,' they said in a statement.

'A private Funeral Mass was celebrated this morning with immediate family. We laid our son Martin to rest, and he is now at peace. We plan to have a public memorial service in the coming weeks to allow friends and loved ones from our community to join us for a celebration of Martin’s life.'

Jane is an enthusiastic Irish dancer having attended classes at the Clifden Academy of Irish Dance in Milton since the age of three.

Several Irish dance groups are now raising money to support her.

'She is just a beautiful little girl. We taught her since she was a baby, pointing her little toe,' Eileen Dillon Dinn, owner of the Clifton Academy, told the Irish Voice.

'We are just in a state of shock and disbelief. The Richard family is lovely. They went to the marathon as a happy family, and then this happened. We don’t know what to say.'

Jane loved to learn all the new moves at the academy, according to her teacher, and was on the sidelines at the recent Irish World Dance Championships in Boston dreaming that someday she would get the chance to compete.

'She’s a beauty, always smiling,' said Dillon Dinn. 'Jane really lives to dance.'

Her eldest brother Henry, 12, and father Bill managed to escape from the bomb attack uninjured.

Images from the scene appear to show Bill, 42, a community organizer, holding his youngest children up on the railings as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plants his backpack bomb just behind them.

It isn't clear whether any of the women in the photograph is the children's mother, school librarian Denise, 43, who sustained head injuries and had to undergo brain surgery following the attack.

A spokesman for the family said he was unable to confirm the identities of those in the marathon image or provide an update for Jane's condition given she is under a privacy order.

The Children's Hospital of Boston did not identify the seven-year-old girl they said was still in a critical condition.

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However, previous reports of the injured suggest that Jane Richard is the only one of 11 or so youngsters injured in the terror attacks that fits the sparse description.

The family were watching elated runners cross the finish line on Monday.

Bill is a former marathon runner himself so the young family liked to support other participants in the event, according to friends of the family.

Victims: From left, Martin Richards, eight, Krystal Campbell, 29, and Lu Lingxi, 23, were the three people killed in the explosions which tore through spectators at the Boston Marathon last Monday

Neighbors said Jane looked up to her older brother and they both attended the Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester, where their mother served as the school librarian.

Tracey Monroe, a bystander who came to Jane's aid in the moments after the blast, told 'I saw her laying in the street. I held her head in my hands and I tried to rub her and comfort her. I asked what her name was and she said Jane.

'She was just a baby and so badly injured and scared. But she was so incredibly brave. I saw him [Martin] and at that point I knew he was gone. I'll never forget them - that little girl, she was so brave.'

The bombs, described by experts as makeshift anti-personnel devices, were made from pressure cookers packed with shrapnel and ball bearings to cause the maximum injuries to those caught in the blast.

Boston firefighter James Plourde carried one of the more than 180 injured away from the scene

Triage care: Many emergency workers and volunteers used the old-fashioned method of tourniquets to help stop the bleeding from severely injured limbs

Scars will remain: At least 14 people lost all or part of a limb; three of them lost more than one

Tsarnaev, whose older brother and suspected accomplice Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in the manhunt to track the bombers down, has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction against persons or property.

The bombing killed three and injured more than 200, 48 of whom were still in hospital today, three in a critical condition, according to Reuters.


A spokesman for the Boston Health Commission reported a sudden jump in the number of injured on Saturday

264 are now being treated across 26 Boston hospitals, according to Reuters

The sudden jump from 180 came as dozens of people came forward with delayed minor health complaints, such as hearing issues of minor shrapnel wounds

48 remain hospitalised

At least 14 people lost all or part of a limb and three of them lost more than one.

But doctors say every one of the people injured in the Boston Marathon blasts who made it to a hospital alive now seem likely to survive.

On Saturday estimates of the injured jumped from 180 to 264 as people with delayed health issues arrived at hospital.

Nick Martin, a spokesman for the health commission, explained the sudden jump across 26 hospitals.

'One of the best examples is hearing issues,” Martin said. 'People might have first thought their hearing problems would be temporary.'

Others sought delayed care for minor shrapnel wounds.

The injured include several people who arrived with legs attached by just a little skin, a 3-year-old boy with a head wound and bleeding on the brain, and a little girl riddled with nails.

Even a transit system police officer whose heart had stopped and was close to bleeding to death after a shoot-out with the suspects now appears headed for recovery.

Laid to rest: An honour guard from area Fire Departments salute as pallbearers carry the casket of Boston bomb victim Krystle Campbell, 29, into St Joseph's Church for her funeral in Medford, Massachusetts yesterday

People wait in line to attend the funeral: Around a thousand local members of the Teamsters Union took part in a vigil outside the church to head off threatened protests by the Westboro Baptist Church

News of the injured came as mourners attended a private funeral yesterday for Krystle Campbell, 29, at St Joseph's Church in Medford, Massachusetts.

Miss Campbell, a steakhouse manager who attended the marathon every year, was caught in the first blast as she cheered on runners with a friend.

Around a thousand members of the local chapter of the Teamsters Union took part in a vigil outside the church to head off threatened protests by the extremist Westboro Baptist Church, ABC News reported.

And last night the family of Chinese graduate student Lu Lingzi, 23, attended a memorial service at Boston University for their daughter.

Friends, families and fellow students packed Metcalf Hall in Boston University's George Sherman Student Union for a memorial service in memory of Boston University graduate student Lu Lingzi

Hundreds of people, including state Governor Deval Patrick, joined her father and her aunt who had travelled from Shenyang, China, to repatriate their daughter's remains.

'She's gone but our memories of her are very much alive,' said her father, Lu Jun, who spoke in his native tongue and was followed by an English interpreter.

'An ancient Chinese saying says every child is actually a little Buddha that helps their parents mature and grow up.'