Exclusive: An Emotional Lawrence O’Donnell Reflects On His Childhood In Dorchester At Vigil For Bombing Victim

BOSTON – MSNBC host and Boston native Lawrence O’Donnell was in attendance last night at a vigil for Martin Richard, the eight year old victim of the Boston Marathon bombings. O’Donnell spoke with Mediaite for a few minutes after the vigil concluded.

O’Donnell grew up in the same storied Boston neighborhood as Richard, Dorchester, though the two went to different parishes. “Martin was at St. Ann’s, I was at St. Brendan’s,” he said, referring to how Dorchester residents identify their sections by the Roman Catholic Church they attend or live near.

The vigil, attended by over 2,500 people was at Garvey Park, a complex of athletic fields and facilities. O’Donnell noted that he played on the same fields as a kid that Richard played on. “I use to play on this field all the time,” O’Donnell said.

O’Donnell lived near the field in an old triple-decker and recalled having to walk by what is now the Richard’s house when he was younger to get to the subway. Before he left the vigil he told me that he came up to Boston on his own, not at the assignment of MSNBC. “I just knew I had to come up this morning. I don’t know how we’re going to do the show, I haven’t thought about it,” he said.

Watch O’Donnell tell similarly emotional stories in an MSNBC segment below:

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