Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Three Who Died Were There Just to Watch

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Three Who Died Were There Just to Watch

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BOSTON -- Martin Richard and Krystle Campbell, two of three people killed Monday at the Boston Marathon, shared something in common with most of those injured by the blasts. They were there to watch others.

Ms. Campbell, 29, who went almost every year to watch the runners cross the finish line, was standing with a friend. Martin, 8, was standing with his family.

On the Boston University campus, administrators said Tuesday afternoon that the third person killed was a graduate student. The Chinese Consulate in New York said the victim was a Chinese citizen, but that it was not disclosing her name at her family's request. The university said she was watching the race close to the finish line with two friends, one of whom was in stable condition at Boston Medical Center.

On Tuesday, mourners dropped flowers on the front steps of the gray two-story Victorian home where Martin lived with his family in Boston's Dorchester section. Martin's mother, Denise Richard, and sister, Jane, 6, were badly injured by the blast. His older brother Henry, 12, and his father, Bill, also survived the explosions, said a family spokesman.

It was a shockingly sad turn for a family that was well-liked and active in the community -- one that ate four-cheese pizza and meatballs several nights a week at a local Italian restaurant. They attended St. Ann Parish Neponset, a Roman Catholic church. Bill Richard was board president of the St. Mark's Area Main Street, a community revitalization organization.

The operator of a clock at the center of the neighborhood froze the hands at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, the time of the first blast.

"Bad things happen, I understand that," said Suzanne Morrison, a close friend of the family. "But why three times over that family endured what they endured yesterday, that's something I'll never be able to process."

Martin was kindhearted and had an "infectious smile," Ms. …

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