A second victim in the Boston Marathon bombings has been identified: Krystle M. Campbell, a 29-year-old originally from Medford, Mass.
Her father, William A. Campbell Jr., told Yahoo News he’s in shock that his daughter was killed.
“My daughter was the most lovable girl. She helped everybody, and I’m just so shocked right now. We’re just devastated,” he said. “She was a wonderful, wonderful girl. Always willing to lend a hand.”
Campbell was at the finish line with a friend, Karen Rand, to cheer on her boyfriend, who was running the race. William Campbell said he doesn’t know if Krystle’s boyfriend finished the race before the bombs went off.
Karen Rand survived, but was in surgery for her serious injuries through Monday night. Cheryl Rand Engelhardt, Karen Rand’s sister-in-law, wrote on Facebook that Krystle’s parents at first believed that Karen was their daughter, and that she had survived the attack, because Karen was carrying Krystle’s ID. Krystle’s family was finally ushered into Karen’s hospital room after one of her leg surgeries by hospital staff, only to discover their daughter’s friend instead of Krystle. Krystle was then declared missing, and the family found out on Tuesday she was among the dead.
Campbell attended the University of Massachusetts-Boston and Medford High School.
Martin Richard, the boy, was with his father, mother and 6-year-old sister near the grandstand when one of the explosions occurred. The mother and sister were both critically injured in the blast. Martin’s mother underwent brain surgery Monday night and his sister, 6, lost a leg in the blast, WHDH.com reported. The status of his father, William, has not been released publicly.
William, however, released a statement on Tuesday, confirming that his son dies in the blast and his wife and daughter suffered injuries.
“We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you,” the statement said.
The family had gone to get ice cream, then returned to the area near the finish line. Neighbor Jack Cunningham said Martin’s father was a runner but had been injured and didn’t run the marathon.
On Tuesday morning, candle burned on the stoop of the family’s single-family home in the city’s Dorchester section, and “peace” was written in chalk on the front walkway. A child’s bicycle helmet lay overturned on the front lawn.
“What a gift. To know him was to love him,” said longtime friend Judy Tuttle, who remembered sitting at the dining room table having tea with Denise Richard while Martin did his homework. “He had that million-dollar smile and you never knew what was going to come out of him. Denise is the most spectacular mother that you’ve ever met and Bill is a pillar of the community. It doesn’t get any better than these people.”
Neighbor Jane Sherman said Martin was a typical 8-year-old who loved to ride his bike and play baseball, according to The Boston Channel.
“There are no words to describe how they are feeling … we are feeling,” Sherman said, adding that the Richards are a close-knit family.
Neighbor Betty Delorey, 80, said Martin loved to climb the neighborhood trees and hop the fence outside his home.
“I can just remember his mother calling him, `Martin!’ if he was doing something wrong,” she said. “Just a vivacious little kid.”
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