Friday 28 November 2014

Third victim of Boston bombings identified as 23-year-old Chinese student

Published 17/04/2013 | 09:42

Lingzi Lu
Krystle Campbell who died in the Boston bombings
Martin Richard.

THE third victim of the Boston marathon bombing has been identified as a 23-year-old Chinese exchange student.

The student, named in the Chinese media by her father as Lü Lingzi, was studying maths in Boston University.

She was reportedly waiting at the marathon’s finishing line for two friends who were competing when she was caught up in the blast.

One of her friends is in a stable position in hospital after surgery, while her other friend was unharmed.

Meanwhile, the family of Krystle Campbell who died at the Boston marathon bombing, were initially told she was alive in a tragic misidentification.

In a devastating turn of events, Miss Campbell’s family was initially told that she was alive after the bombings, and being rushed to surgery, however it was later revealed that she had mistaken for her friend Karen.

Krystle’s devastated family have paid tribute to the late 29-year-old and described her as “always smiling”.

Her mother Patty Campbell choked back tears as she remembered her daughter in a press conference outside their family home in Medford, Massachusetts.

With her son Billy by her side, an emotional Patty said: “Everybody that knew her, loved her. She always smiled. You couldn’t ask for a better daughter, I can’t believe this is happening. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Her grandmother, Lillian Campbell, praised her granddaughter’s work ethic and zest for life. “She was smart, ambitious and loving,” Lillian said.

Krystle was inherently proud of her “Irish roots”, as relayed by Medford mayor Michael McGlynn.

"Mr. Campbell said that she certainly was a dream daughter, the daughter that every father dreams to have and friends of hers said that she was eager about life,” he said.

“She had a great sense of humor and freckles and red hair that brought her right to her Irish roots. She was someone who worked hard at everything she did.”

The Boston suburb of Dorchester meanwhile has united in remembrance of eight-year-old Martin William Richard, who also lost his life in the bombings.

More than 1,000 people gathered at Garvey Park, where the little boy often played football with his local team, to remember his short life.

His mother is still in a critical condition in hospital, while his sister has lost a leg after getting caught up in the blast.

The family had gathered to cheer their father over the finish line of the marathon on Monday.

By Caitlin McBride in Boston and Brian O'Reilly

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