3 victims killed in the Boston Marathon bombings identified
Monday’s bombing attack at the Boston Marathon claimed the lives of an 8-year-old Dorchester boy, a restaurant manager from Arlington, and a Boston University graduate student.
Martin Richard, 8, Dorchester:
The youngest victim, Martin Richard, was a third grader who loved to draw and “play soccer, hockey, and baseball in his neighborhood in Dorchester,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in her first speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday. His mother and sister were also gravely injured in the explosion.
His father, Bill, issued this statement on Tuesday: “My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious 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.”
Krystle Campbell, 29, Medford
Krystle Campbell was a manager at Jimmy’s Steer House restaurant in Arlington. A Medford High School graduate, Campbell was known for her strong work ethic, friendliness, and compassion.
“Krystle was always there for others. When her grandmother was recovering from an operation, Krystle moved in to help her because that’s the kind of young woman she was,” said Warren.
“”We are heartbroken at the death of our daughter, Krystle Marie. She was a wonderful person. Everybody that knew her loved her,” said her mother, Patty, choking back tears. “She had a heart of gold. She was always smiling, friendly. Couldn’t ask for a better daughter. I can’t believe this has happened. She was such a hard worker in everything she did. This doesn’t make any sense.”
Lu Lingzi, 23, Boston University graduate student from China
Lu Lingzi moved from China to pursue a graduate degree in statistics at Boston University. She was expected to graduate in 2015.
She was watching the marathon with two friends, both BU students, at the time of the blast. (Her friend, Danling Zhou, was listed in stable condition at Boston Medical Center, and the third student was not injured.)
Her friends say Lu Lingzi had a sweet tooth and fondness for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
“Her passing unites the world in our common humanity,” said Warren.
Her family issued the following statement to Boston University: “We are grieving and at a loss for words to describe the pain and sadness we are experiencing following the sudden passing of our dear daughter, Lingzi. She was the joy of our lives…We are humbled by the compassion, caring, and love we have received from people all over the world….We wish to extend our thoughts, prayers, and sympathy to the other victims of this tragedy and to their families.”
- boston.cbslocal.com: Video – Medford native killed in Boston Marathon bombings
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s floor speech on the Boston Marathon bombing – April 17, 2013
- Chinese Consulate in New York: Latest Information of the Chinese Victims in Boston Marathon Bombing
- BU.edu: Grad student killed in blast
- BU.edu: Promise and potential, cut short
- Boston Police Department’s Facebook page: Photo of Martin Richard and statement from Bill Richard on April 16, 2013