Mother of 2nd Victim: 'She Was Always Smiling'

Identified as Krystle Campbell; 3rd victim was BU grad student

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 16, 2013 2:23 PM CDT | Updated Apr 16, 2013 3:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Another fatality in the Boston bombings has been identified: The family of 29-year-old Krystle Campbell says she was killed as she and a friend were cheering on another friend who was racing, reports WCVB. "This is just a waste," says her mother. “Everyone that knew her loved her. She was always smiling. You couldn’t ask for a better daughter. She was the best.” Campbell was a restaurant manager, reports the Boston Herald, which notes an especially wrenching detail: Her father was initially told she was alive, but when he got to the ICU, he realized it was his daughter's friend who had survived.

Campbell is the second of the three people killed to be identified. The first was 8-year-old Martin Richard, and his father, Bill, released a statement today thanking supporters and asking for privacy, reports WBZ.

  • "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."
The third victim was a grad student at Boston University, but the person's identity is being withheld until the family says it's OK to release, reports USA Today.

This undated photo provided by Bill Richard shows his son, Martin, in Boston.   (AP Photo/Bill Richard)
"Pray for Martin" is written in chalk at a park near the home of Martin Richard in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Two women place flowers on the doorstep of the Richard house in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
This undated photo provided by Bill Richard, shows his son, Martin Richard, in Boston. Martin Richard, 8, was among the at least three people killed in the explosions, Monday, April 15, 2013, at the finish...   (AP Photo/Bill Richard)
This undated photo provided by the family shows Krystle Campbell.   (AP Photo/Campbell Family)
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