The actor was upset by the tragedy in his home city

The Boston Marathon bombing on Monday made actor Mark Wahlberg appreciate his children even more.

Mark – who hails from the Massachusetts city – was horrified when he heard that 8-year-old Martin Richard was one of three people killed after two blasts went off near the finishing line.

‘I just wanted to rush home today and hug my kids, and you know, it’s a crazy world we’re living in. It’s horrible. It’s horrible man,’ says Mark, 41.

‘I just ask everyone to please pray for all the people in Boston and all their families, and especially the Richard family.’

More than 180 people were injured in the explosions and officials confirmed at the time that there had been several amputations.

Dad-of-four Mark‘s loved ones are all fine but he’s keen to give those who weren’t so lucky support during this difficult time.

‘Everybody’s okay but we have some people that we know that were affected by it and, you know, we have to do everything we can to help those families,’ Mark tells Jimmy Kimmel Live.

‘And, you know, we obviously have to do everything we can to start protecting our women and children and people in our country. It’s crazy.’

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