Funeral service for 8 year old killed in marathon bombings held Tuesday

Thefamily of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing says a privatefuneral has been held for 8-year-old Martin Richard.

In astatement released on behalf of the family of 8 year old Martin Richard, theyoungest fatality of the Boston Marathon bombings, a private funeral Mass wascelebrated with immediate family on Tuesday, followed by burial. The familysays it plans to hold a public memorial service for the boy sometime in thecoming weeks.

Martinwas one of three people killed in the April 15 bombings near the finish line ofthe Boston Marathon. His mother and sister were among the more than 260 otherswounded.

In thestatement, the family calls the past week "the most difficult week of ourlives." It says they have appreciated the outpouring of love and supportthey have received.