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Sister Of Boston Bombing Victim Learning To Walk Again

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A 7-year-old girl who lost part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings is learning to use a prosthetic leg as her family still mourns the death of her older brother in the April attack.

The family of Jane Richard and the late 8-year-old Martin Richard said Thursday that she already is dancing on her prosthetic leg and "struts around on it with great pride."

"Today marks four months since our family, and indeed our community were savagely and cowardly attacked for reasons we remain at a loss to understand," reads a statement from the Richard family. "While we have made progress with our physical injuries, the emotional pain seems every bit as new as it was four months ago."

Parents Bill and Denise Richard also were hurt in the attack April 15, when two shrapnel-loaded pressure cookers exploded near the marathon's finish line, killing three people and injuring about 260 others. Denise Richard lost sight in one eye, and Bill Richard suffered hearing loss. Their 11-year-old son, Henry Richard, was uninjured.

Authorities say two ethnic Chechen brothers from Russia living in the Boston area orchestrated the attack. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty. His older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died following a gun battle with police three days after the bombings.

The Richards say they're still coping with the agony of losing Martin "and the senseless way it came about."

"The pain is constant, and even the sweetest moments can become heartbreaking when we are struck by the realization that, 'Martin would have loved this,'" they said in their statement.

While the family continues to make progress, they say it is not all heartbreak for them. Jane came home from a rehab hospital a few weeks ago. She received a prosthetic leg and entered her home with the aid of her crutches. That night, the family slept together at their home in the city's Dorchester neighborhood for the first time since Martin's death.

"We left home together on April 15th, and we were determined that none of us would sleep at home until all of us could do so. As so many things have been, returning home without Martin certainly made that important milestone bittersweet, but we know he was with us, as he is every moment of every day," the family explained.

The Richards said that Henry and Jane will return to school in a few weeks and the family will begin exploring a "meaningful and impactful way" to honor Martin's memory.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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