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Bridgewater State Unveils Statue Of Martin Richard

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (CBS/AP) — A life-size sculpture of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings was unveiled Saturday at Bridgewater State University.

The sculpture of 8-year-old Martin Richard is artist Victoria Guerina's representation of a well-known image of Martin holding a poster he made that read, "No More Hurting People ... Peace."

Martin Richard Statue
The Bridgewater State statue of Martin Richard shows him holding a "No more hurting people" sign. (Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ)

The sculpture was officially dedicated Saturday at University Park at Bridgewater State. The park is a pedestrian greenway linking the school's east and west campus.

The Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice was named last spring at Bridgewater State, where his parents, Bill and Denise Richard, met. They graduated in 1993.

A choir from Dorchester began the ceremony by singing God Bless America. Among the members of the youth choir was Jane Richard, Martin's sister.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh spoke at the dedication, as did Martin's father Bill Richard.

Martin was one of three people killed in the 2013 bombings.

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