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Victim Martin Richard is mourned at tearful service

The boy in a back pew, barely on the cusp of adolescence, stared stoically ahead during an overflowing Mass Sunday morning at St. Ann Parish in Dorchester where the family of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old killed in the marathon blasts, attends.

But after Communion, his shoulders silently began to shake. He bowed his head and tried not to be noticed as he placed a single finger under his eye to catch tears before they slipped to the church floor. A white-haired woman a few feet away noticed and, without a word, quietly slipped him a packet of tissues.

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