Krystle Campbell Funeral: Thousands Attend Ceremony Of Boston Marathon Bombing Victim, Including Governor Deval Patrick
The funeral of Krystle Campbell, one of the three people killed during the Boston Marathon bombing, took place Monday in Medford, Mass. Campbell was the first of the Boston Marathon bombing victims to be laid to rest following the devastating attack last week.
Krystle Campbell, a restaurant manager, had gone to the Boston Marathon last Monday to watch a friend finish the race. She was killed in the blast near the race's finish line.
Daily Mail reports that about 20 police motorcycles escorted Campbell's hearse to the church, where uniformed law enforcement stood in front of the cathedral. Thousands of supporters lined the streets, some having driven hundreds of miles to attend the service, according to Daily Mail.
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Also in attendance was Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
"Krystle was always there for people," the Rev. Chip Hines said during the service, held at St. Joseph Church, according to New York Daily News. The 29-year-old victim's parents were too distraught to speak at Krystle Campbell's funeral.
Member of Teamsters, a U.S. labor union, also attended Krystle Campbell's funeral in anticipation of a protest by Westboro Baptist Church, a group that is known for protesting U.S. soldier's funerals. Teamsters members planned to make a human barrier in front of the church should Westboro Baptist Church show up. According to New York Daily News, members of Westboro Baptist Church had threatened to picket the funeral. Fortunately, they did not make an appearance at the funeral.
Krystle Campbell, who grew up in Medford, will be buried in Medford's Oak Grove Cemetery.
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