Boston Marathon Bombing trial: father was forced to leave his dying son to save his wounded daughter

The father of an eight-year-old boy murdered during the Boston Marathon bombing told a court on Thursday how he had to leave his dying son’s side to tend to the wounds of his grievously injured daughter.

Bill Richard’s son Martin was the youngest of the three people killed during the April 2013 attack and his daughter Jane had her leg torn off by the second of the two explosions.

Mr Richard looked directly at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged bomber, as he confirmed that his son died at the finish line of the Boston Marathon nearly two years ago.

In a halting voice, Mr Richard described how “a beautiful day” with his wife and three young children was ripped apart by a pressure cooker bomb allegedly planted by Tsarnaev.