Parents "devastated" over daughter's death in Boston Marathon blasts
Updated On: Apr 16 2013 04:06:39 PM CDT
A woman who was at the Boston marathon to cheer on a friend was identified today as the second person to die in the terrorist bombing.
Krystle Campbell, 29, joins Martin Richard, 8, as the two fatalities from the Monday attack. A third person who died in the twin blasts has not yet been identified.
Campbell's parents William Campbell Jr. and Patty Campbell at first thought their daughter's friend was injured, but later learned that it was their daughter who was the victim, according to ABC News' Boston affiliate WCVB.
"My daughter was the most lovable girl. She helped everybody and I'm just so shocked right now. We're just devastated," William Campbell Jr. told Yahoo News. "She was a wonderful, wonderful girl. Always willing to lend a hand."
The parents are struggling to comprehend their loss.
"She didn't deserve this," Patty Campbell told WCVB. "She was a beautiful young being. She loved pets. She loved people."
Campbell told WCVB that her daughter worked 16-hour days in the food service industry.
"We can't believe it," the devastated mother said. "This is just a waste."
She said her daughter was at the race to cheer on a friend.
The deaths of Campbell and Richard, who was from Dorchester, Mass., has left the country in mourning. The boy's mother and sister were also seriously wounded in the bombings.
Martin was remembered as a typical 8-year-old who loved to ride his bike and play baseball, according to a neighbor.
A single candle was placed in front of his home overnight in Dorchester, Mass.
"There are no words to describe how they are feeling ... we are feeling," neighbor Jane Sherman told WCVB, adding that the family is close-knit.
At least 145 people, including 10 children, were injured in the attack, according to the latest ABC News count. At least 17 people are in critical condition.
Dr. Vivek Shah was among those who provided on-site assistance He had just crossed the 26.2-mile finish line at the marathon Monday when he was forced to put his medical skills to work.
"I've never obviously been in combat, but people I've trained with have been and this is as close as I can imagine it would be," Shah told ABC News Radio late Monday night. "Just, basically piles of victims. Everything I saw was a traumatic amputation, basically."
Shah, an orthopedic surgeon at New England Baptist Hospital in Roxbury Crossing, Mass., said he saw injuries along the sidewalks on Boylston Street for which no amount of training could prepare him.
"In all my medical training, I have not seen things that I saw [Monday]. Everything was traumatic," Shah said.
Spectator Aaron Hern, 11, of Martinez, Calif., was another young victim injured when flying shrapnel dug into his thigh as he was waiting for his mother to cross the finish line. Hern is being treated at Boston Children's Hospital.
"He was waiting for his mom to go through the finish line to take pictures of her and shortly before she got there, the bomb went off," family friend Janene Sides told ABC News affiliate KGO-TV.
On Facebook, Aaron's mother, Katherine, said her son was in stable condition in the ICU late Monday night. Hern said Aaron would have additional surgeries and is expected to be hospitalized for seven to 10 days.
Hern's injuries are similar to what doctors at two Massachusetts hospitals described Monday night, hours after the explosions. Some of the most critical patients sustained lower extremity injuries from debris.
Dr. George Velmahos, chief of trauma at Massachusetts General Hospital, told a news conference today that patients were hit by what appeared to be shrapnel packed into the bombs, what he described as "Nails or sharp objects."
"I can't say for certainty, but that's what they look like. [They're] numerous… 10, 20, 30, 40 in their bodies, maybe more," Velmahos said.
Dr. Ron Walls, chair of emergency medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, said, "The most common serious injuries are combined lower extremity injuries."
Doctors have said they carried out several amputations.