Bos­ton dad’s hor­ror

Knew dy­ing boy ‘wouldn’t make it’

New York Post - - NEWS - By DANIKA FEARS With Post Wire Ser­vices

A heart­bro­ken dad brought a court­room to tears Thurs­day as he re­called the fi­nal mo­ments of his dy­ing 8­year­old son af­ter the Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing.

Bill Richard’s voice fal­tered — and ju­rors openly wept — as he de­scribed see­ing his son Martin’s limp body.

“I saw a lit­tle boy who had his body se­verely dam­aged by an ex­plo­sion. I just knew from what I saw there was no chance,” Richard tes­ti­fied on the sec­ond day of the fed­eral trial of bomber Dzhokhar Tsar­naev.

“When I saw Martin’s con­di­tion, I knew he wasn’t go­ing to make it.”

Richard said he and his wife agreed that he would go to the hos­pi­tal with their other two chil­dren while she stayed by Martin’s side.

“I looked at Martin for the last time, and I went across the street,” Richard said.

When his wife called him later to say Martin was dead, the dad said he sim­ply replied, “I know.”

Richard de­scribed how he, wife Denise and their three chil­dren had stopped by a Ben & Jerry’s for ice cream just be­fore the twin blasts turned the fin­ish line of the April 2013 marathon into bloody chaos.

“I can even re­mem­ber the de­tails of what they or­dered,” the fa­ther said.

Richard re­called how the fam­ily then re­turned to the race — and thought they’d lucked out when they found a spot to watch out­side the Fo­rum restau­rant.

Then, Richard said, he heard a “thun­der­ous ex­plo­sion” at the fin­ish line — and re­mem­bered think­ing they should leave. But a sec­ond later, the “earpierc­ing” shriek of a sec­ond bomb blast rang out.

He said he got up and ran back to where his fam­ily had been stand­ing — and found only his 11­year­old son, Henry.

The pair even­tu­ally found 6­year­old Jane Richard ly­ing next to a mail­box.

“She tried to get up, and she fell. It was then that I no­ticed her leg, and I picked her up . . . She didn’t have it. It was blown off,’’ Richard said.

He said he then spot­ted a small crowd of peo­ple, in­clud­ing his wife, hov­er­ing over Martin.

“I saw my son alive, barely, for the last time,” the dad told the si­lent court­room. “I knew that if I didn’t act quickly, we might not only lose Martin, we’d lose Jane, too.

“I was at­tempt­ing to rip my pants, to do some­thing to help . . . my at­tempts to tear my pants away wasn’t fast enough.”

One ju­ror wiped tears from her eyes when the pros­e­cu­tion played a video of Richard run­ning to­ward his fam­ily just af­ter the blast.

Denise Richard moved up to the front row of the court­room for her hus­band’s tes­ti­mony.

Jane’s left leg was am­pu­tated be­low the knee — and Denise lost her sight in one eye af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery.

Bill Richard suf­fered some hear­ing loss, but said he can “still hear the beau­ti­ful voices of my fam­ily.”

Tsar­naev briefly glanced to­ward Richard leav­ing the stand.

The 21­year­old faces the death penalty for his role in the April 15 ter­ror attack, which left three dead and in­jured more than 260 peo­ple.

He also al­legedly killed an MIT po­lice of­fi­cer while on the run with his brother, Tamer­lan, who was killed dur­ing the hunt.

A man who lost both legs in the bomb­ing re­called in court Thurs­day how he didn’t ex­pect to sur­vive.

“This is how it’s go­ing to end. I had a great life. I ex­pe­ri­enced a lot. I kind of made peace with my­self,” said Jef­frey Bauman, who be­came a face of the tragedy af­ter a pho­tog­ra­pher took a snap­shot of him be­ing rushed from the scene in a wheel­chair by a good Sa­mar­i­tan in a cow­boy hat.

Bauman said he locked eyes with Tamer­lan be­fore the bombs went off.

“[He] didn’t look like any­one who was there, didn’t look like he was hav­ing fun,” he said. “I thought that was very weird.”

HEART­BREAK­ING: Eight-year-old Martin Richard (right), who was killed in the 2013 Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing per­pe­trated by Dzhokhar Tsar­naev (be­low in court on Thurs­day), crafted this now-haunt­ing sign in school. Martin’s dad, Bill (above), de­liv­ered grip­ping tes­ti­mony about see­ing his lit­tle boy’s shat­tered body af­ter the blast.

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