In Memoriam, April 15, 2013

Martin William Richard, an eight-year-old boy from the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, who was killed by the second bomb

Lu Lingzi 23, a Chinese national and Boston University graduate student from Shenyang, Liaoning

Krystle Marie Campbell, 29, a restaurant manager from Medford, Massachusetts

On April 18 at about 10:48 pm, Sean A. Collier, 27, an MIT police officer was ambushed in his police car and died from multiple gunshot wounds allegedly from the bombing suspects.


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

I have never seen a city come together in the way that Boston has during this past year. Cowards thought they could break us, but they proved to have greatly underestimated the pride and compassion that links the people of Boston together. We’re a stronger city now. Heroism takes true form in the first responders, civilians, and runners who after running 26.2 miles ran 2 more to donate blood for victims. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Krystle Campbell, Sean Collier, Lu Lingzi, and Martin Richard. My heart is as heavy today as it was when I stood there and took these pictures last year. I am so proud to call Boston my home today and everyday. One year stronger.

The second victim from the Boston Bombing has been identified.

I know there is rampant misinformation trolling all over tumblr, but as a Bostonian, I am taking this very personally. I am posting information from reliable news articles, not reposts of reposts from facebook or tumblr.

Krystle Campbell from Medford, MA.

She was a manager of a local restaurant. Campbell was waiting for her friends boyfriend to cross the finish line.  

Doctors initially told William Campbell Jr. that his daughter Krystle had survived the bombing. 

But doctors had mistaken her for her best friend, Karen Rand, because Rand had been carrying Campbell’s identification and was in surgery and unable to correct the mistake.

Campbell spent 12 hours believing his daughter had survived and only learned the truth after going into the post-operating room and saw Rand lying there instead.

‘We had the doctors come out and tell us everything they did (to save Rand) — and it wasn’t our daughter,’ Campbell said.

(And for those who are rightfully skeptical: HP article and NBC article.)

Krystle Campbell, the daughter of UNITE HERE Boston’s Local 26 member Patty Campbell, was taken from us Monday at the finish line of the Boston marathon. She attended the Boston Marathon every year since she was a little girl. “She had a heart of gold,” her mother Patty said. “She was always smiling. You couldn’t ask for a better daughter.“ As a UNITE HERE family we stand in grief and solidarity with Patty, her loved ones and all the victims of yesterday’s explosions.
via UNITE HERE Local 26

Some Thoughts

I’ve been following the news quite a bit since the Boston bombings but have pretty much kept my mouth shut about everything except when talking to my mom.  The thing that is making me most frustrated is the media is focusing on the suspects and not enough on the victims.  The suspects chose to do what they did regardless of them being “brainwashed” or whatever else is being said to defend them.  I hope justice is served to the fullest with the suspect that is still alive.

I could have easily lost a close friend who was close to the second explosion.  I am so glad I learned about this the day after this happened because I would have freaked out.  

Look at how many people were injured and lost limbs.  Look at the three innocent people who died in the explosions.  Look at the MIT officer, Sean Collier, who was killed senselessly.  These poor people did nothing to deserve what they got yet they are pulling through and being heroes behind the scenes.  And let’s not forget the first responders and good samaritans who helped complete strangers who were injured because if it hadn’t been for them there probably would have been more deaths.

What gets me the most is seeing pictures of Krystle Campbell probably because she is the most relatable of all the victims to me.  Those blue eyes and her smile will only be seen in pictures.  She was a beautiful woman who was just there with her best friend to take pictures of her friend’s boyfriend as he crossed the finish line.  Even though I never knew her in some ways I feel like I did.  My heart breaks for her family and friends.  It’s so hard to believe that life can be ripped away so quickly.  

My thoughts and prayers remain with the victims.  I am proud to be a Massachusetts citizen and see our city persevere after such a horrible tragedy.  I wish the best of luck to all of those affected.  

A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon. Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded. Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover. Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on - perseverance, freedom and love. One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us - learning to stand, walk, dance and run again. With each new step our country is moved by the resilience of a community and a city. And when the sun rises over Boylston Street next Monday - Patriot’s Day - hundreds of thousands will come together to show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again.