Stories of the dead and injured in Boston bombing

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BOMB VICTIMS–This combination of undated file photos provided to the Associated Press shows, from left, Martin Richard, 8, Krystle Campbell, 29, and Lingzi Lu, a Boston University graduate student. Richard, Campbell and Lu were killed in the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/File)

 

BOSTON (AP) — The twin bombs at the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded more than 170 on Monday. Here are the stories of those killed and some of the injured.

LU LINGZI: A LONG WAY FROM HOME

She was a food fan, eager for culinary discoveries. In her last blog update the morning before the Boston Marathon blasts, the Chinese graduate student identified as the attack’s third victim posted a photo of bread chunks and fruit.

“My wonderful breakfast,” Boston University statistics student Lu Lingzi wrote.

Lingzi, in her early 20s, often shared photos of her home-prepared meals online — a blueberry-covered waffle one day, spinach sacchettini with zucchini on another. In September, she showed off her first two-dish meal — stir-fried broccoli and scrambled eggs with tomatoes, often cooked by Chinese students learning how to live on their own abroad.

Tasso Kaper, the chair of BU’s mathematics department, says Lu loved flowers and the springtime. She had only one course left in order to graduate.

She was standing with two friends when the bombs went off. One was seriously injured.

THE RICHARDS: A FAMILY INJURED, IN MOURNING

Neighbors and friends remembered 8-year-old bombing victim Martin Richard as a vivacious boy who loved to run, climb and play sports like soccer, basketball and baseball.

The boy’s father, Bill Richard, released a statement thanking family, friends and strangers for their support following his son’s death Monday. Richard’s wife, Denise, and the couple’s 6-year-old daughter, Jane, also suffered significant injuries in the blasts.

The family was watching Monday’s race and had gone to get ice cream before returning to the area near the finish line before the blasts.

 

Denise Richard works as a librarian at the Neighborhood House Charter School, where Martin was a third-grader and Jane attends first grade. Counselors were being made available to staff and students.

“I just can’t get a handle on it,” family friend Jack Cunningham said of the boy’s death. “In an instant, life changes.”

KRYSTLE CAMPBELL: CHEERING ON FRIENDS

Krystle Campbell was a 29-year-old restaurant manager from Medford. Her father, 56-year-old William Campbell, described her as “just a very caring, very loving person, and was daddy’s little girl.”

Campbell had gone to the race with her best friend Karen, whose boyfriend was running in the race, her father said.

“They wanted to take a photograph of him crossing the finish line, but the explosion went off and they were right there,” he said. “It’s pretty devastating.”

The friend suffered a severe leg injury.

Krystle’s grandmother told multiple media outlets that the family was initially told Campbell was alive because of a name mix-up. When her father arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital, however, he learned that his daughter had died.

Krystle’s grandmother, Lillian Campbell, said somewhere on the way to the hospital, their names got mixed up.

Lillian Campbell said her son was “devastated” when he found out the truth and almost passed out.

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