Boston Marathon Bombing: Victims Martin Richard, Krystle M. Campbell Remembered via Social Media
In the wake of Monday’s bombing of the Boston Marathon, which left three dead and 17 critically injured (with 170 total injured), social media sites Twitter and Facebook have become hubs for an outpouring of support for the victims and their families.
The Boston, Mass., official Facebook page posted a photo of 8-year-old Martin Richard smiling, wearing a Boston Bruins sweatshirt, accompanied by a quote from his father. At the time of this publication, the post had been shared more than 29,000 times and had accumulated more than 146,000 “likes” and 18,000-plus comments.
“My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries. 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,” said Bill Richard. “We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you.”
Richard was the first known victim to have died from the explosions.
Blake Shelton was among the stars to tweet condolences for Richard on Monday, writing: “Thoughts and prayers to the family of 8-year-old Martin Richard. Rest in peace young man…”
Alyssa Milano and Jillian Barberie both posted a photo of Richard holding a sign that read “No more hurting people. Peace.” The image has since gone viral on Twitter.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that Krystle M. Campbell, 29, was the second victim to have died. In several reports, it was noted that Campbell’s parents were at first told that their daughter had survived and were taken to the hospital room of Campbell’s friend Karen Rand, who had been carrying Campbell’s ID. After the mix-up, Campbell was declared missing and, ultimately, among the dead.
“RIP Krystle Campbell. She's from my hometown of Medford, MA. My thoughts and prayers are with her family,” tweeted Extra’s Maria Menounos.