Krystle Campbell Identified As Second Boston Victim

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BOSTON (USA TODAY) - This rattled city was grappling Tuesday with the painful process of identifying its dead, a strong police presence on its streets and transportation hubs, and a firm resolve to heal and move forward.

One day after two bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon and the nerves of residents and tourists here, police promised "significantly enhanced" security at bus and train stations and airports. And the mayor promised that the city won't be intimidated by terror.

"We're going to make sure the city pulls together," Mayor Thomas Menino said Tuesday. "Boston's a strong city. ... Boston will overcome."

Also Tuesday, restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, 29, was identified as one of three people killed in the bombing at the Boston Marathon. Martin Richard, 8, was identified Monday; the name of the last victim has yet to be released.

Campbell's father said the Medford, Mass., resident had gone to the finish line Monday afternoon to photograph a friend completing the run. William Campbell said his daughter, who worked at a restaurant, was "very caring, very loving person, and was daddy's little girl."

Across the city, the Salvation Army mobilized four mobile kitchens and more than 30 people to provide food, drinks, and emotional and spiritual care. The First Corps of Cadets Armory in downtown Boston, unofficially known as "The Castle," became a staging area for runners looking for their gear bags, trying to find lost phones and passports or trying to make travel arrangements.

Valerie Kelly, 28, a school teacher who lives in Boston, stopped in at the armory. She said the course was closed before she could finish the race. Fortunately, none of her studentsat the finish line to greet her were injured.

"It was really hard to register. You work so hard for this moment of glory and you're going through so many emotions," she said. "Then you go from that to you can't finish and then you immediately go from that to 'Oh my god,' are my family and students OK?"

Still, there were small signs of a return to normalcy Tuesday. The sealed crime scene centered at the intersection of Boylston and Exeter streets shrank from 15 blocks to 12. Planes, trains and automobiles were running at or near normal operating schedules. Airlines at Boston's Logan International Airport were even waiving change fees for customers scheduled to fly there during the next few days.

Some runners, their gait a little off from their brutal run a day before, took recovery runs Tuesday to work out the kinks. Others, wearing the blue and yellow running jackets issued to runners, walked the streets of Back Bay, about a quarter mile from the finish line. They made their way past a chorus line of Boston police, state police and ATF agents and barricades.

A handful of people wearing business clothes moved along sidewalks too, though most businesses remained closed and the mood was subdued.

A pall also hung over the woodrame Dorchester home of victim Martin Richard. His mother and sister were seriously injured. On Tuesday, neighbors or even strangers walked or drove up to leave flowers or balloons on the front steps. Police set up yellow tape to prevent the press from getting too close, and a Boston police sergeant took gifts to the home for the visitors.

One group of people - two adults and two children - who left balloons held onto one another as they walked away.

The blasts occurred about two hours after Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa won the 26.2-mile race Monday. Bloodied spectators were carried to a medical tent intended for runners.

Organizers stopped the race and locked down the marathon headquarters. The Federal Aviation Administration announced a temporary flight restriction over Boston.

The tragedy brought words of encouragement and solidarity from across the nation -- and around the world.

President Obama praised first responders and others who helped the injured. "If you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil, that's it: selflessly, compassionately, unafraid," he said.

Pope Francis sent word Tuesday to Cardinal Sean O'Malley, archbishop of Boston, that he was "deeply grieved" by the bombings. The pope said he "invokes God's peace upon the dead, his consolation upon the suffering, and his strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief and response."

Francis also prayed that all would be "united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good, working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come."

In Boston, District Attorney Daniel Conley couldn't agree more.

"Moments like this, and our response to them, define who we are," Conley said "In the past 24 hours, the city of Boston has shown strength, compassion and determination to see justice done."

 

 

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