Bos­ton marks 5 years since marathon at­tack with trib­utes

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS - 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,” 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. He

said, “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,” he said.

The bombs also killed 29- year - old Kr y s t l e Camp­bell, 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.


FILE - In this April 15, 2013, file photo, Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing sur­vivor Jeff Bau­man is helped by Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices EMT Paul Mitchell, left, Car­los Arre­dondo, cen­ter, and Devin Wang, right, af­ter he was in­jured in one of two ex­plo­sions near the fin­ish line of the Bos­ton Marathon in Bos­ton. Arre­dondo now vol­un­teers with the Red Cross, and his fam­ily foun­da­tion works to pre­vent mil­i­tary-re­lated sui­cides. He is pre­par­ing to run in his first Bos­ton Marathon on April 16, 2018.


FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2017file photo, Bill Richard, sec­ond from left, stands be­side a paint­ing of his son Martin Richard, the youngest per­son killed in the Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing, at the con­clu­sion of ground­break­ing cer­e­monies for a Bos­ton park named in Martin’s honor. Be­sides the park, the fam­ily has also set up a foun­da­tion in Martin’s mem­ory.

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