The bomb blast at the finish line of the Boston marathon is now classified as a terrorist attack.
And late today, the last of the three victims killed at the Boyleston street finish line has been identified as a Chinese national and Boston University graduate student killed while watching the marathon with two friends.
Another victim, 29-year-old restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, was there with her best friend.
The grief too fresh, Campbell’s mother was overcome with emotion as the family tried to address the media from the porch of their home in Medford, Massachusetts.
And Krystle was helping her friend, by taking a picture of the friend’s boyfriend as he was crossing the finish line.
At that moment, the bomb blast took her life. Her friend was seriously injured.
“This doesn’t make any sense… She was the best, you couldn’t ask for a better daughter,” Krystle’s mother said.
The first victim identified who died in the attack was 8-year-old Martin Richard, of Dorchester.
A single candle burned outside the family’s home, with “peace” written in chalk on the sidewalk.
His mother Denise underwent surgery for a brain injury, and his 6-year-old sister lost a leg.
A neighbor describes seeing the father, Bill Martin, when he returned home last night.
“He looked like he was in a state of shock,” says neighbor Jane Sherman. “I said, ‘Bill’ — he didn’t answer me. He just walked into the house.”
“So his friend came over. I said, ‘Is everything okay?’ He said, ‘No, Martin was the little boy killed. And I was I was speechless,” Sherman recounted.
“And I think he probably said something about Denise and the little girl, but I was in such a state of shock I didn’t ever hear what he said. I started to cry.”
Bill Richard later released a statement thanking everyone for their thoughts and prayers, saying in part: “I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin.”
–Glen Walker, KTLA News