Runners pray at an interfaith prayer service for victims of the Boston Marathon attack titled 'Healing Our City,' and attended by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross April 18, 2013 in …
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BOSTON - On the days following that horrible Monday, in 8-year-old Martin Richard's Boston neighborhood, the sun was bright, the breeze was gentle, the flowers were blooming.
On the front porch of his home, a single candle burned, and a silent grief filled the streets.
Martin was the bombers' youngest victim.
One of Martin's neighbors said, "It's a very close community here, and we are all just devastated."
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Amid the smoke, fog and chaos on what was supposed to be a fun filled marathon Monday afternoon, young Martin was dead, killed by the blast as he joyfully cheered runners, along side his parents and two siblings.
His 6-year-old sister, as well as his mom, were badly injured.
His father and older brother, OK.
Their neighborhood family, devastated.
Another of Martin's neighbors said, "We have to stay together as a family and just love one another."
So, too, must the family and friends of Lu Lingzi and Krystle Campbell.
Hundreds of people lined the streets and packed a church in Medford, Massachusetts for Krystle's funeral.
Gail Robinson, the mother of one of Krystle's many friends, was one of those who waited outside the church, who wanted to be there, needed to be there, to honor the bombing victim.
"She brought so much warmth and love to everybody. It's just unbelievable," Gail says.
Beyond belief, as well, for Lu's family.
At Boston University, a memorial service for the student from China, lovingly described as sweet-hearted, passionate about piano, her studies and life.
A life cut tragically short, her roommate so sorely regrets, by those devastating bombs.
"You indeed brought bright sunshine and sweetness to me, and everyone who knew you. I am so grateful that even though our time together was much shorter than I expected it to be. That time was truly special."
Honoring the victims and their loved ones.
Folks who certainly can't understand, may never understand why it happened, but do understand they need to be strong and brave, and never bow to terror.
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