Today President Obama spoke at a memorial service about the three people who lost their lives in the Boston Marathon attack. He offered prayers and shared memories from those closest to the victims.
Lingzi Lu was a 23-year-old graduate student studying mathematics and statistics at Boston University. A Chinese national, she had moved to the city in the fall. Lu and two friends were spectators at the marathon; one of her friends is recovering from injuries and the other was unharmed.
A close-knit family of five was torn apart by the violence. 8-year-old Martin Richard was killed in the bombings. His mother, Denise, and sister, Jane, were both severely wounded. A friend of the family told Anderson Cooper that Martin will be remembered as bright, energetic, friendly and faithful, and a leader among his peers.In a statement, his father, William, wrote in part. "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."
Krystle Campbell's family initially believed she survived the explosion, but later learned that doctors misidentified Campbell as her friend who was with her that day. Colleagues say the 29-year-old restaurant manager had a strong work ethic and a "heart of gold." Her mother Patty told reporters, "You couldn't ask for a better daughter."
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