Chilling picture of victim and suspect

2013-04-21 00:00

A PHOTO showing a young victim of Monday’s Boston bomb blast standing near the man suspected of killing him went viral yesterday (See front page cover photo).

As a massive manhunt continued for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, several news outlets published the chilling image taken moments before the deadly bomb exploded.

Its source, however, remains unclear and at the time of going to press had not been officially verified.

It shows eight-year-old Martin Richard hanging on a railing waiting for his father, Bill, to cross the finishing line.

The photo also shows the bag police believe contained the bomb right near Martin’s feet.

Moments later the bomb exploded, killing Martin and seriously injuring his mother, Denise, and sister Jane.

An earlier photograph of Martin holding a homemade poster saying “No more hurting people. Peace” became a symbol of the day’s horror.

One of the victims of Monday’s twin blasts reportedly helped police identify the suspects from his hospital bed.

Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs, described the man he saw drop a bag that exploded minutes later.

This helped the FBI find the suspects in video footage leading up to the attack, the New York Daily News reported.

Bloomberg News quoted Chris Bauman as saying that his brother, Jeff, had woken up in intensive care and given a description of the man.

“He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote: ‘Bag, saw the guy, looked right at me’,” he said.

The 27-year-old victim, who was pictured on the front page of The Witness, told FBI agents that a man wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at him and then dropped a bag at his feet.

“I’ve had many times alone with him, and yes, he told me every single detail,” Chris said.

He added that the description helped investigators narrow down their manhunt as they searched through hours of video images from Monday’s marathon bombing.

The man was Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed overnight in a gunfight with police.

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