Chattanooga, TN, (WDEF), "They were clouded in smoke, you know that must have been so terrifying, so losing someone so young, I don't know, as a mother I just feel so much for Denise and Bill for what they were experiencing".
After living beside the Richard family and having her children grow up with Martin, the shock of seeing his face all over the news is still sinking in for Kendra Stanton Lee.
"It feels like there's this whole fold, and one is lost and therefore the whole is not the whole anymore."
The Dorchester native has become the face of the Boston tragedy and the family has received support from not only across the US but from all corners of the world.
Facebook pages have been set up to remember Martin and twitter and Instagram have allowed the public to express their grief.
Kendra says she hopes she can carry on Martin's message of peace.
"I'm hoping that people will be moved when they look into martin's eyes, in that picture, to think how am I being a peacemaker".
Martin's mother Denise and six year old sister Jane are still being treated for serious injuries sustained from the blasts.