Krystle Campbell of Arlington, Who Died From Explosion Injuries, ‘Was Always Right There if You Needed Her’
As she did every year, Krystle Campbell of Arlington went to Copley Square for the finish of the Boston Marathon, drawn by the euphoria of crowds cheering runners through the final paces of the race.
“She’s been doing it since she was a little girl,” said her grandmother, Lillian Campbell of Somerville. “She didn’t miss a Marathon, watching it at the finish line.”
Krystle Campbell was standing along Boylston Street on Monday with another woman - her grandmother said she was Krystle’s best friend, Karen - when the explosions went off. Krystle died from her injuries and Karen was seriously injured, Lillian said.
When Krystle’s father went to Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday after the explosions, at first “they wouldn’t let him in,” Lillian said. Officials initially told him that Krystle might lose her leg because of her injuries, Lillian added, “and when they let him in, it wasn’t Krystle, it was her girlfriend. And my son was devastated.”