Local Little League honors boy killed in Boston attack

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RANCHO PEÑASQUITOS, Calif. — San Diegans continue to find ways to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Martin Richard, an 8 year-old boy killed in the attack, is now a source of inspiration for Rancho Peñasquitos Little League.

CaptureThis week the league is taking all proceeds from its snack bar sales and donating them to the Little League near Boston where Richard played.

“I think Little League is all about the community.  That’s what we feel like we can do at this point is to give back to one of our Little Leaguers in a different community,” said league board member Pamela Contreras.

The idea for some sort of tribute came from Little League parent and Boston native Frank McInnis who has a close connection to the boy’s family.

“I’m just overwhelmed at the generosity and the quick action of the league.  I didn’t expect something like this to happen so quickly,” said McInnis.

Young players said they felt like they were playing for something special.

“It’s very cool – I like the idea.  When I first heard about it – it was mixed emotions,” said Little Leaguer Jack O’Brien.

The league said it raised more than $500 Tuesday night and plans to fundraise Wednesday and Thursday nights.