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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.

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“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.)

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Krystle Campbell Peace Garden will be unveiled in Medford

The City of Medford will unveil a new garden on the grounds of the city’s senior center in memory of Krystle Campbell, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings, on Sunday.

The ceremony presenting the Krystle Campbell Peace Garden to the public will begin at 2 p.m. with local and state delegates participating in the dedication, including Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn and state transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack.

“We will remember the victims, their families, first responders and those survivors who have suffered so greatly from the Boston Marathon bombings,” the city said in a statement. “We will endearingly pay tribute to Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier at this gathering.”

Memorial plaques for each of the four victims of the 2013 bombings are present in the garden.

Campbell’s parents visited the garden a few days before the public event. Her father, Bill, told CBS Boston he sees his daughter’s spirit reflected in the garden.

“She was a beautiful lady,” he said. “Just a beautiful lady. She would come to a place like this.”

Mayor McGlynn fundraised $143,000 to build the garden along with the Friends of Krystle Campbell group, and groundbreaking on the garden began in October, 2015, according to The Boston Globe.

Campbell grew up and attended high school in Medford.

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.  

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Boston Teamsters vs. Westboro Baptist Church: Teamsters to form a human shield at Bombing victim’s funeral | FreakOutNation

As reported here, Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket the funerals of the victims from the Boston Marathon bombings. Services for Krystle Campbell, one of the three people who lost their lives in the bombing, will be held tomorrow at a funeral home in Medford, where the 29-y – earold restaurant manager was raised and graduated from high school in 2001, the AP reports. A private funeral is scheduled for Monday at St. Joseph Church, the AP reports. Cue: Teamsters from Local 25 in Boston.

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Teamster Nation reports: ”Teamsters from Local 25 in Boston will form a human shield tomorrow at the funeral of Krystle Campbell to protect grieving friends and relatives from Westboro Baptist Church protesters. Krystle was one of the three people killed by the Boston bombers.”

Local 25 President Sean O’Brien asked all off-duty Teamsters to participate:

Teamsters Local 25 will be out in full force tomorrow morning at St. Joseph’s Church in Medford to form a human shield and block the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting the funeral of Krystle Campbell. The Campbell family and friends have already endured immeasurable amounts of heartache and tragedy this week, and deserve a peaceful funeral with time to grieve privately.

Westboro Baptist Church should understand that we will go to great lengths to make sure they don’t protest any funerals of the victims of the past week’s tragedies, and that those we lost receive a proper burial. Teamsters Local 25 represents 11,000 hardworking men and women from the Boston area.

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According to the Westboro Baptist Church, they plan to protest  from 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Teamsters vs. Westboro Baptist Church?  Someone should call the Phelps family and tell them to not bother showing up.

Rest in peace, Krystle Campbell.

“Lovable” Krystle Campbell Remembered After Horrible Second Victim Confusion

Krystle Campbell went to the Boston Marathon every year. She went on Monday. She was 29. On Tuesday the Arlington resident became the second of three dead identified in the bombing attack, after a harrowing case of mistaken identity led her family to believe that she was still alive. 

Liz Goodwin of Yahoo News reported that Campbell’s friend, Karen Rand, was in possession of Campbell’s ID. So when Campbell’s family went to a hospital room at Mass General for what they thought was their daughter’s recovery from surgery, they found Rand instead. Campbell was then declared missing—and later dead. 

As with a number of these initial reports there are elements that are conflicting. While Yahoo explains that Campbell’s boyfriend was running the race, the New York Daily News reported it was Rand’s boyfriend. 

Commemorations of Campbell are emerging on social media. Hordon Health, a gym in Boston, posted a remembrance of the woman described by her father as “the most lovable girl”:

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The Summer Shack, whereCampbell worked, according to Boston.com, tweeted words of condolence: 

Per Boston.com Campbell was until recently the manager of the Summer Shack, but left for a job at Jimmy’s Steer House on Mass. Ave. in Arlington. She was living with her grandmother to “help her through an illness for the past couple of years." 

Campbell’s death was first reported by InsideMedford.com. She was a graduate of Medford High School.

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.

The Boston Bombing Trial Verdict: Dzhohkar Tsarnaev Found Guilty On All 30 Charges, 17 Of Which Call For The Death Penalty

What We Know So Far

  • Dzhokhar​ ​Tsarnaev​ ​has been convicted of all 30 charges for the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing — the worst domestic terrorism attack since 9/11, killing three people at the scene and injuring 260 others. A fourth person, a police officer, later died in a shootout.
  • A bombing survivor speaking on behalf of the victims said they were “obviously grateful for the outcome today.”
  • The trial now goes into the sentencing phase, where the jury could decide that Tsarnaev will be sentenced to die.
  • Tsarnaev was found guilty of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. He’s also been found guilty in the deaths of Krystle Campbell, Officer Sean Collier, Lingzi Liu, and Martin Richard.
  • Defense attorneys during the trial directly said “he did this” and “it was him.” Tsarnaev’s lawyers have been more focused on saving him from the death penalty, mainly by arguing he was under the influence of his older brother, Tamerlan, who died during the attacks.
  • A jury of 7 women and 5 men decided​ ​his​ ​fate.
  • U.S. vs Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the most high-profile federal terrorism trial in the United States since Timothy McVeigh was tried for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1997.