04/16/2013 05:35 pm ET | Updated Apr 16, 2013

Stephen Lynch: Martin Richard's Family Members Are 'Wonderful, Wonderful' People (VIDEO)

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) appeared on MSNBC Tuesday, mourning the loss of 8-year-old Boston bombing victim Martin Richard.

Lynch said he has known the Richard family for 25 years, describing them as "wonderful, wonderful" people.

"They are carrying a heavy burden," Lynch said. "They lost their son."

The Associated Press reported earlier Tuesday on the Richard family's horrific experience at Monday's Boston Marathon. Bill, the father, and his oldest son, Henry, were separated from mother Denise, daughter Jane, and Martin, cheering on friends as they crossed the finish line.

Lynch said the family was attempting to get over the race barriers and into the street when the second blast occurred, killing Martin. Bill Richard and the older brother, Henry, were not seriously injured, but doctors did remove ball bearings from Bill Richard's leg, Lynch said.

CBS News reported earlier Tuesday that Jane had suffered a severe leg injury due to the blast. "Their daughter Jane is still not out of the woods," said Lynch in his Tuesday MSNBC appearance, regarding the condition of Martin's 6-year-old sister.

"They are so thankful for the emergency responders," Lynch added, "The family is also very thankful for the Dorchester community, the city of Boston, the state and the country for their show of support."


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