BOSTON (TheBlaze/AP) — A 29-year-old restaurant manager has been identified as one of three people killed in the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon Monday.
Her father says Krystle Campbell, of Medford, Mass., had gone with her best friend Karen Rand to take a picture of Rand’s boyfriend crossing the finish line on Monday afternoon.
“My daughter was the most lovable girl,” William Campbell told Yahoo! News. “She helped everybody, and I’m just so shocked right now. We’re just devastated.”
In a tragic turn of events, the parents were reportedly originally under the impression that their daughter had survived the blast. But when they got to the hospital, she was nowhere to be found.
Cheryl Rand Engelhardt, Karen Rand’s relative, wrote on Facebook that Krystle’s parents at first believed that Karen was their daughter, and that she had survived the attack, because Karen was carrying Krystle’s ID. Krystle’s family was finally ushered into Karen’s hospital room after one of her leg surgeries by hospital staff, only to discover their daughter’s friend instead of Krystle. Krystle was then declared missing, and the family found out on Tuesday she was among the dead.
The victim’s grandmother told the Boston Globe that Campbell had been living with her for the past couple of years as she struggled with illness.
“She was a wonderful, wonderful girl. Always willing to lend a hand,” her father added, describing her as “a very loving person” and “daddy’s little girl.”
Rand survived the blast, but has had to undergo extensive surgery for her injuries.
An 8-year-old, Martin Richard of Boston, was one of the other victims. He was at the finish line watching the race with his family.
This is a developing story.