‘He Was 8 Years Old’: Father of Boy Killed in Boston Marathon Bombing Testifies

PHOTO: This photo of Martin Richard was taken at the Boston Bruins game, April 11, 2013, in Boston. Martin attended the game with his father and brother.PlayCourtesy Richard Family
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The father of the young boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing was the last to testify today, and ended his emotional time on the stand with a simple, tragic fact: “He was eight years old.”

Bill Richard was talking about his son, Martin, who died when one of the two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013. Two other people, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell and 23-year-old Lingzi Lu, were also killed, and another 260 were injured in the attack.

Bill Richard addressed the court in a clear, calm voice, describing the day that he and his family went to watch the runners. First, they ducked in to a Ben and Jerry’s for ice cream – Bill still remembers the flavor of ice cream that Martin got – and then found a spot to watch the runners near the finish line.

There is a photograph showing the Richard family as they watch the race. Martin had climbed on the metal crowd barrier a bit to get a better look. His family didn’t know that just then, seen in the same photograph just an arm’s length away, was then 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, allegedly dropping a backpack with a bomb inside.

PHOTO: A cell phone image appears to show Boston Marathon bombing suspect #2, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, near a young boy who is standing on the railing and thought to be eight-year-old victim Martin Richard on Boylston Street April 15, 2013 in Boston.The Boston Globe Exclusive via Getty Images
A cell phone image appears to show Boston Marathon bombing suspect #2, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, near a young boy who is standing on the railing and thought to be eight-year-old victim Martin Richard on Boylston Street April 15, 2013 in Boston.

When the bomb went off a few minutes later, Bill Richard’s daughter Jane lost her leg and Martin was killed.

“I saw a little boy who had his body severely damaged by an explosion,” Bill Richard told the jury flatly. “I just knew from what I saw that there was no chance.”

At the very end of his testimony, the last for the week, prosecutors asked Richard how old his boy was when he was killed.

“He was eight years old,” Richard said.

PHOTO: Smoke rises after two explosions went off near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013. FBI released an image of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev before he was apprehended. Boston Globe via Getty Images | FBI/AP Photo
Smoke rises after two explosions went off near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013. FBI released an image of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev before he was apprehended.

Tsarnaev’s defense said in opening statements they’re not going to contest the fact that their client, along with his late older brother Tamerlan, was responsible for detonating the two bombs that day.

Legal experts told ABC News the defense is likely focusing only on trying to avoid the death penalty for Tsarnaev in the penalty phase of the case.