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Remembering the Lives Lost in the Boston Marathon Bombings

One year after the tragedy, the city and nation remember four killed in the bombings.

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By Jason Claffey and Liz Taurasi

One was a student from China who dreamed of being an international business leader. One was a little boy who played Little League. Another was a restaurant manager admired by her staff.

They were Lu Lingzi, Martin Richard, and Krystle Campbell—the three people killed in last year’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. A fourth, Sean Collier, a police officer, was killed in a shootout with the bombing suspects.

All will be memorialized during this year’s race, which will be held Monday, April 21.

Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the bombings, which injured hundreds more. The bombings kept the city and state on high alert for days while officials searched for suspects. That search ended days later with a shootout in a Watertown neighborhood.

Here’s a look back at the victims and their lives:


Lu Lingzi

A native of Shenyang, China, Lingzi, 23, was a graduate student at Boston University, studying statistics.

“She wanted to play a role in international business,” her parents said. “Sadly, it was not to be.”

Her father, Lu Jun, said she entertained the family by dancing and playing the piano.

"She was the family's Shirley Temple,” he said.

BU established a scholarship fund in her memory.


Martin Richard

A Dorchester resident, Martin was near the finish line cheering on friends running the race. His mother and sister were seriously injured in the blasts.

Martin, who was 8, loved to play sports, ride his bicycle, and draw pictures, his family said. In school, he once drew a portrait that read, “No more hurting people. Peace.”

“We miss Martin deeply—more than any words on paper could possibly describe,” his family said in a statement. “We persevere, trying to live as normal a life as possible for our sake and for the sake of our children … Martin will forever be a part of us, but we also feel an obligation to make sure the world remembers him and his message.”


Krystle Campbell

A native of Medford, Campbell, 29, was a manager at Jimmy’s Steer House in Arlington.

“You didn’t have to know her a long time, you’d like her immediately,” Nick Miminos, Jimmy’s director of operations, said. “It’s a big loss.”

Campbell graduated from Medford High School in 2001. She had been at the finish line cheering on a friend.

“We miss Krystle more than we can say,” her family said in a statement a few days before the one-year anniversary of her death.


Sean Collier

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, Collier, 27 lived in Somerville. His mother said when he was 7-years-old he decided he wanted to be a cop.

He lived a social life—he was a member of MIT’s outing club, hiked with friends, and learned how to swing dance. He loved country music, especially the Zac Brown Band, friends said.

“Our only solace is Sean died bravely, doing what he committed his life to—serving and protecting others,” his family said.

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