Bos­ton marks 5 years since marathon at­tack with trib­utes.

Vic­tims’ fam­i­lies, sur­vivors hon­ored with ser­vice, com­mem­o­ra­tion

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY VAISHNAVEE SHARMA AND SARAH BETANCOURT

BOS­TON | It was a day filled with ser­vice and com­mem­o­ra­tions in honor of vic­tims and sur­vivors of the deadly Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ings five years ago.

Bos­ton be­gan the fifth an­niver­sary of the at­tacks Sun­day with Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Char­lie Baker lay­ing wreaths early in the morn­ing at the spots along down­town Boyl­ston Street where two bombs killed three spec­ta­tors and maimed more than 260 oth­ers April 15, 2013.

Both ad­dressed fam­i­lies and sur­vivors at a pri­vate cer­e­mony in­side the Bos­ton Pub­lic Li­brary.

“On April 15, 2013, our city changed for­ever but over the last five years, we have re­claimed hope. We have re­claimed the fin­ish line and Bos­ton has emerged with a new strength, a re­silience rooted in love,” Mr. Walsh said.

Jane and Henry Richard, sib­lings of the youngest vic­tim Martin Richard, and mem­bers of the fam­ily’s foun­da­tion, also spoke.

Henry Richard urged those lis­ten­ing to fol­low Martin’s mes­sage to “choose kind­ness and do more.” The fam­ily’s foun­da­tion was founded in 2014 to con­nect young peo­ple with op­por­tu­ni­ties for vol­un­teerism and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

Vic­tim Lu Lingzi’s un­cle, Sher­man Yee, was present at the cer­e­mony and pri­vate gath­er­ing, say­ing: “The fam­ily has been ‘over­whelmed by love and sup­port from all over the world.”’ He called Lingzi an “ex­tra­or­di­nary girl” who rep­re­sented the youth that come to the U.S. from China to study.

“While she didn’t re­al­ize her dreams, as her fam­ily we in­vest in the youths through our foun­da­tion to keep her mem­ory go­ing,” Mr. Yee said.

The bombs also killed Krys­tle Camp­bell, 29, of Ar­ling­ton. Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy po­lice of­fi­cer Sean Col­lier was killed in the line of duty dur­ing a con­fronta­tion with bomber Tamer­lan Tzarneav.

Rox­anne Sim­monds was at com­mem­o­ra­tive cer­e­monies to honor her son, fallen Bos­ton po­lice of­fi­cer Den­nis Sim­monds. Sim­monds suf­fered a head in­jury on April 19, 2013, dur­ing a shootout with Dzhokhar and Tamer­lan Tsar­naev as law en­force­ment closed in on them.

He suf­fered a fa­tal brain aneurysm a year later as­sessed to be the re­sult of his in­juries from the ex­plo­sive de­vice. Rox­anne Sim­monds said “DJ” was “bril­liant and fear­less — he just loved Bos­ton.”

The youngest grad­u­ate of his class at Lasell Col­lege, Den­nis Sim­monds worked in Mat­ta­pan as an of­fi­cer.

“It was im­por­tant for him to be in a com­mu­nity with men and women who look like him,” his mother said. “In­di­vid­u­als of color work­ing hard to make sure their com­mu­ni­ties were safe.” She praised Walsh, say­ing that it was ob­vi­ous how sig­nif­i­cant the vic­tims are to the mayor.

Ar­reen Andrew of Bos­ton said she was in the crowd across the stand when the first bomb went off in 2013.

“It was sheer panic,” she re­called. “Just this sense of ‘No, this can’t hap­pen to us.”’

Five years later, while the day is still a re­minder of some painful mem­o­ries, Ms. Andrew said it also has be­come a day about the re­la­tion­ships that have since been formed and “re­formed and recre­ated our en­tire com­mu­nity.”

At 2:49 p.m., the bells of Old South Church rang as Bos­ton held a ci­ty­wide mo­ment of si­lence to mark the mo­ment five years ago when the first bomb ex­ploded. Sun­day was “One Bos­ton Day,” de­voted to blood drives and acts of kind­ness.

Se­cu­rity is tight for Mon­day’s 122nd run­ning of the iconic race.

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A group of Bos­ton Marathon run­ners make a loop around the Fen­way Park warn­ing track be­fore Satur­day’s game be­tween the Red Sox and Bal­ti­more Ori­oles.

Jun Lu, the father of Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing vic­tim Lingzi Lu, car­ries a wreath ahead of the fam­ily of vic­tim Martin Richard dur­ing a cer­e­mony on Sun­day at the site where Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed in the sec­ond ex­plo­sion at the 2013...

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