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Irish dancers raise money for victim of Boston Marathon bombings

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Irish dancers rallied together in College Park to help one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The fundraiser was organized to help 7-year-old Jane Richard, who was critically injured in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Dancer Audrey Liberta said, "I just really love dancing...and I wanted to help this girl...because I felt really bad for her...that she doesn't get to do it anymore..."

"When I heard that she lost her leg...and that she was a dancer and her brother died...it really got to me...and I was sad," added Catherine Liberats, who is also a dancer.

Jane is the sister of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old killed in the attack. The Richards were watching the race near the finish line when the bombs went off.

The 7-year-old reportedly began Irish dancing at the age of three.

Tuesday's fundraiser was a way for local dancers to reach out to her.

Dancer Josie Callahan said, "Trying to wrap my head around not being able to dance at that age doesn't even scratch the surface of the grief that family is going through."

Passing the hat is now part of a growing effort to support the family.

Liberta added, "I hope people are really generous...and give money so we can help this girl and her family."

Jane's mother was also severely injured. Both are still recovering.

There will be several other fundraisers in the D.C. area on Sunday. The money raised Tuesday night will go to the "Richard Family Fund." At last check, that fund had raised more than $346,000 for the family.

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