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Stories of the dead and injured in Boston bombing

Thursday - 4/18/2013, 3:10am  ET

This combination of undated file photos provided to the Associated Press shows, from left, Martin Richard, 8, Krystle Campbell, 29, and Lingzi Lu, a Boston University graduate student. Richard, Campbell and Lu were killed in the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/File)

The Associated Press

The twin bombs at the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded more than 170 on Monday. Here are the stories of those killed and some of the injured.

LU LINGZI: A LONG WAY FROM HOME

She was a food fan, eager for culinary discoveries. In her last blog update the morning before the Boston Marathon blasts, the Chinese graduate student identified as the attack's third victim posted a photo of bread chunks and fruit.

"My wonderful breakfast," Boston University statistics student Lu Lingzi wrote.

Lingzi, in her early 20s, often shared photos of her home-prepared meals online -- a blueberry-covered waffle one day, spinach sacchettini with zucchini on another. In September, she showed off her first two-dish meal -- stir-fried broccoli and scrambled eggs with tomatoes, often cooked by Chinese students learning how to live on their own abroad.

Tasso Kaper, the chair of BU's mathematics department, says Lu loved flowers and the springtime. She had only one course left in order to graduate.

She was standing with two friends when the bombs went off. One was seriously injured.

THE RICHARDS: A FAMILY INJURED, IN MOURNING

Neighbors and friends remembered 8-year-old bombing victim Martin Richard as a vivacious boy who loved to run, climb and play sports like soccer, basketball and baseball.

The boy's father, Bill Richard, released a statement thanking family, friends and strangers for their support following his son's death Monday. Richard's wife, Denise, and the couple's 6-year-old daughter, Jane, also suffered significant injuries in the blasts.

The family was watching Monday's race and had gone to get ice cream before returning to the area near the finish line before the blasts.

Denise Richard works as a librarian at the Neighborhood House Charter School, where Martin was a third-grader and Jane attends first grade. Counselors were being made available to staff and students.

"I just can't get a handle on it," family friend Jack Cunningham said of the boy's death. "In an instant, life changes."

KRYSTLE CAMPBELL: CHEERING ON FRIENDS

Krystle Campbell was a 29-year-old restaurant manager from Medford. Her father, 56-year-old William Campbell, described her as "just a very caring, very loving person, and was daddy's little girl."

Campbell had gone to the race with her best friend Karen, whose boyfriend was running in the race, her father said.

"They wanted to take a photograph of him crossing the finish line, but the explosion went off and they were right there," he said. "It's pretty devastating."

The friend suffered a severe leg injury.

Krystle's grandmother told multiple media outlets that the family was initially told Campbell was alive because of a name mix-up. When her father arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital, however, he learned that his daughter had died.

Krystle's grandmother, Lillian Campbell, said somewhere on the way to the hospital, their names got mixed up.

Lillian Campbell said her son was "devastated" when he found out the truth and almost passed out.

PATRICK AND JESSICA DOWNES: NEWLYWEDS

Patrick and Jessica Downes married in August. According to an email sent to friends, Patrick had surgery Wednesday and is out of intensive care, while Jessica was in surgery. Both lost their left leg below the knee, and Jessica was in danger of losing her remaining foot.

Friends who set up a page at GiveForward.com to raise money for the couple's expenses said they first started dating in 2006.

Patrick graduated from Boston College and was so well-behaved in high school that he was nicknamed "Jesus." They described him as the "ultimate Boston boy."

"He has that accent that makes it impossible to tell if he's saying 'parking' or 'packing,' he's no more than two degrees of separation from Whitey Bulger (or so he claims), and he cried his eyes out when the Sox finally won the World Series," the site said.

Jessica, described as a sassy California girl, is a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital.

"She has the spirit of a lion," the site said.

A spokesman for GiveForward.com said the page got so many hits Wednesday that it crashed.

AARON HERN: A TOUGH COOKIE

Eleven-year-old Aaron Hern was there with his father, Alan, and little sister, Abby, to cheer on his mother, Katherine, in her first Boston Marathon when the bomb went off. After initially becoming separated, Alan found his son lying injured on the ground with leg wounds.

"He was conscious, he talked to me and said, 'My leg really hurts, daddy,' but he was being pretty brave," Alan Hern told KGO-TV.

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