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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.

I am not an American.

But I have become as fond of America as I am my home country and I believe in it.

Everyone involved in the investigation of the Boston bombing – the FBI, Boston police, state police, anyone who was able to provide even the smallest bit of information to authorities – all contributed to finding the suspect a mere four days after the disaster occurred.

If this man is innocent, I trust you will find proof of his innocence. Iif he is guilty, I trust you will find proof of his guilt and mete out just punishment.

Investigative organizations at every level have made quick work of this and I cannot express how relieved I am. Thank you for your work here at home.

Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard and Krystle Campbell, R.I.P.

their names and faces might not be known, but their killers names and faces are. These four individuals’ death came from the result of the Boston Marathon Bombing on April 15, 2013.Here are their names and bits of facts:(sorry about the sudden boldness throught half the post,. I have no no idea what happened :O )

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Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lu Lingzi and Officer Sean Collier.

Krystle Campbell: 29 year old nurse who lived in arlington, Mass. She cared for her ailing grandmother and ran the marathon every year. She wan animal lover too.

Martin Richard: 8 years old. Was waiting at the finish line for his father so he could give him a hug.His mother was injured and is currently undergoing  surgery for brain injury. His 6 year old sister , who was near him, lost her leg.

Lu Lingzi (not sure if Lu is her first or last name): 23 year old from China (looks like a kpop artist to me ) She was a Boston Graduate Student. She also went to Northeast Yucai School in Shenyang, China. She got her bachelors degree from Beijing institute of technology. This was her final picture before the race :

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Sean Collier: did not die from the result of the bomber but from the hands of one of the bombers. Died from multiple gunshot wounds after a shoot out with one of the bombers. He was popular at the MIT campus. I believe his shot killed one of the bombers.His brother is a NASCAR team employee. He was born to be a cop.

(sorry I dont have more) But learn the victims instead of the suspects!

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.

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Tomorrow is one year since the Boston Marathon bombing. The young lady in the top left is Krystle Cambell. She died along with 8 year old Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu died that day. Officer Sean Collier was killed later by two cowards who’s names I will never say. Krystle was a student of mine when she was in Elementary and Middle School. I drive by her house every day. I can’t fathom these four families losses and how they will feel tomorrow.

Yes, we may be “Boston Strong” and I’m so proud to say I’m from Boston, but the sting will be there for many tomorrow. Can you - anyone who reads this post, please take a minute, hug someone you love. Tell them you love them. 

By PAIGE SUTHERLAND

Associated Press


BOSTON — After the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon last April, mourners began leaving thousands of items at a makeshift memorial near the finish line to honor the victims of the attacks.

Some left teddy bears, signs and marathon bibs while others draped running sneakers to commemorate the 3 people killed and more than 260 injured during the April 15 attacks. A cross was set up for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer fatally shot three days later amid a search for the bombing suspects.

To mark the anniversary of the bombings, the material will be curated into an exhibit called “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial.” It will be hosted by the Boston Public Library now through May 11.

Among the numerous heartfelt messages left at Copley Square was one from a Sandy Hook mother that reads, “We understand. Sending love and support.” Other notes urged resilience: “Don’t let this stop you. Stay Boston Strong” and “We will run again.”

One colorful sign had more than 10 towns in Massachusetts forming the shape of a heart, saying “Stands with Boston!!!” underneath. And multiple messages of “I love my city” and “Boston Strong” memorabilia were scattered throughout the square.

Messages were sent from across the world, including Israel, South Korea, Turkey and Venezuela.

But the long-term home for these artifacts is still in flux. Until then, any paper tributes will be held in the Boston archives and the other artifacts will be kept in storage.

An online catalog called “Our Marathon” is hosted by Northeastern University and features 18,000 cards addressed to the mayor’s office. Photos of other objects that can’t be scanned will also be included. The city has also lent out a few of the items for exhibits at the Cambridge Public Library, Northeastern University and the mayor’s office.

John McColgan of the City of Boston Archives said collecting and preserving the material was a collaborative effort. Various companies helped by fumigating, gathering and storing the material at no charge, he said.

One volunteer, Kevin Brown, trekked almost two hours from his home in Brockton to the memorial site for a month to help maintain the grounds and protect the memorabilia by sweeping and putting up tarps when it rained.

“Boston needed a place to heal and someone had to do it,” said the 59-year-old Brown, who stayed at the memorial from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. “It just became a piece of me, and I loved to do it.”

Brown, a self-employed carpenter, constructed the cross for the fallen MIT police officer.

“I did all this for the people of Boston,” he said. “I just love this city.”

Rainey Tisdale, an independent curator from Boston, has been in charge of assembling this year’s exhibit and selecting which items to choose.

She said the experience has been emotional.

“Seeing these objects is a pretty intense experience,” Tisdale said. “People poured their hearts out into them.”

Her work isn’t done yet, but she expects the finished exhibit to feature hundreds of items, including 150 pairs of running shoes.

The centerpiece of the memorial will be four white crosses commemorating those killed: 8-year-old Martin Richard; 23-year-old Lu Lingzi, a Boston University graduate student from China; 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, of Arlington; and 26-year-old MIT officer Sean Collier.

“Working with this collection has taught me that while there’s a lot of pain and sadness in this world, there’s also a lot of love and hope,” Tisdale said. “I’m working hard to focus on the love and hope, and come April I hope my fellow Bostonians will do the same.”