9: 14 P. M. Tears, Hugs and Flowers at Boston Vigil

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9:14 P.M.Tears, Hugs and Flowers at Boston Vigil

Lizzie Lee, of Lynnwood, Wash., right, hugs, Louie Cohn, of Sturbridge, Mass., who came to the Boston Common Tuesday night to hand out a flower to 26 people who ran in the Boston Marathon Monday. She chose to give out 26 flowers to represent the 26-mile run and the 26 victims in the Newtown shootings.

Louie Cohn walked through the vigil that formed on Boston Common Tuesday night, holding 26 daffodils. She approached Lizzie Lee, an engineer who had traveled from Lynnwood, Wash., to run the marathon on Monday, and offered her one of the flowers.

“They’re for the 26 miles of the Boston Marathon,” said Ms. Cohn, who lives in Sturbridge, Mass., before she broke down in tears, embracing Ms. Lee. The two women wept, holding each other and exchanging their names and places of origin.

Around them, hundreds had gathered at the Parkman Bandstand on the common, trying to keep candles lit as wind whipped around them and a choir sang songs like the national anthem and “Amazing Grace.”

“This terrible event happened in the midst of what represents all the best of Boston — the competition, the striving, the celebration of who we are in a patriotic way,” said Susan Springer, a psychologist from Westwood, Mass., who was at the vigil. “Such a perfect day, such a wonderful celebration, and then to have this happen — I wanted to find a way to come together as a community.”

Ms. Lee, the engineer, who is originally from Venezuela, was stopped just blocks from the finish line. When she heard the blast, she said, she felt immediate relief that her daughter had decided to cancel her trip from Venezuela to watch her run. She chose to stay at home because of the volatility following the country’s presidential election.

“My running partner told me, she texted me, saying, ‘Who would have thought that your daughter would have been safer in Venezuela than in Boston?’ ” Ms. Lee said.

— Jess Bidgood

8:27 P.M.Third Victim Killed Is Chinese Citizen

The third person who was killed in the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday is a Chinese citizen, according to a statement made by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China.

At the family’s wishes, officials from the Chinese Consulate and Boston University, where the victim was a graduate student, have not identified her.

Earlier on Tuesday, the two other people who were killed were identified by family members: Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester, Mass., and Krystle Campbell, 29, of Arlington, Mass., who graduated from Medford High School in 2001.

Boston University officials said on Tuesday that a graduate student at the university had died in the blasts. The university said the student had attended the Boston Marathon with a friend, also a student at the university, who was seriously injured and was being treated at Boston Medical Center. A third friend who attended the marathon escaped unharmed.

In the last 24 hours, friends of a Boston University student from China had been going to hospitals, one by one, looking for information about their friend.

The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China confirms that one Chinese citizen was unfortunately killed in the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. At the request of her family, the victim’s personal information will not be disclosed. Another Chinese citizen is among the injured and is in stable condition now after surgery.

The Consulate dispatched a work team to Boston after the bombing, headed by Deputy Consul General Ruiming Zhong. The team visited the injured in hospital this morning.

The Consulate has contacted the two families and will provide all necessary assistance to them.

Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy.

— Jennifer Preston

8:10 P.M.Vigil Held for Child Killed in Bombing

Hundreds of people held a candlelight vigil on Tuesday evening for Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy killed in Monday’s bombing. They gathered in Garvey Park in Dorchester, the Boston neighborhood where Martin lived.

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Sea of candlelight in Garvey Park. Vigil for Martin Richard. #Dorchester#wbzpic.twitter.com/WadpzZowtK

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Mourners lighting candles at Martin vigil pic.twitter.com/mMdZkspDcV



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Among those who attended the vigil were children who came to pay their respects.

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From candlelight vigil for Martin Richard. 7 year old friend wants family to know he's sorry for their loss. #wbzpic.twitter.com/QoVm3pxlRe

7:29 AM - 17 Apr 2013

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At #bostonmarathon vigil for victims like 8 yr old Martin Richard. @cbsnews@cbsnewspathpic.twitter.com/A8LPqUJ02x



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— Michael Schwirtz

7:49 P.M.Video: Victim's Mother Remembers 'Krystle Marie'

Mother of marathon attack victim speaks - YouTube

Patty Campbell breaks down in sobs as she describes her daughter, Krystle Campbell, who was killed in the explosions at the Boston Marathon, via CNN.

As she sobbed uncontrollably, the mother of a 29-year-old woman who died in the explosions on Monday stood on the porch of her Medford home and read a brief statement about the daughter she called “Krystle Marie.”

Ms. Campbell, her voice breaking, described her as a “wonderful person. Everybody who knew her, loved her. She had a heart of gold. She was always smiling and friendly.”

She described her as “such a hard worker in everything she did.”

“You couldn’t ask for a better daughter,” she said. Then she said it again before thanking the reporters gathered outside and returning inside.

— Jennifer Preston

6:56 P.M.Vigil Held on Boston Common

A vigil for the victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing was held on Boston Common on Tuesday evening. Among the hundreds who attended were local college students, politicians and marathon participants.

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Hundreds here at candlelight vigil in #Boston at the commons to show their support. pic.twitter.com/bCi9CRE0Qn


6:50 AM - 17 Apr 2013

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Here in #Boston for the vigil (at the bandstand in the Common from 6-8). pic.twitter.com/MTdx0yUou4

6:29 AM - 17 Apr 2013

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Very somber vigil going on right now at the common #prayforbostonpic.twitter.com/0KQ0SSHmxm



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Three girls comfort each other as thousand or more gather on #Boston Common for vigil pic.twitter.com/Cbpao5EFuf

6:39 AM - 17 Apr 2013

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People signing a banner out out for victims to show support #Bostonpic.twitter.com/OhbHB14VW7



6:45 AM - 17 Apr 2013

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National Guard members filling the #Boston Common as people hold a vigil for peace @NECNpic.twitter.com/jUVuL8DaRY

6:20 AM - 17 Apr 2013

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— Michael Schwirtz

6:20 P.M.Where and When to Donate Blood

Officials on Tuesday urged those seeking to donate blood in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing to wait a week or two because current reserves are sufficient to meet the immediate need.

“There is a need for blood on a sustained basis,” Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts said at a news conference. “Do not go and make a donation today.”

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All appointments at the #MGH Blood Donor Ctr are full today. Please mark your calendars in the coming weeks + keep it going.



4:03 AM - 17 Apr 2013

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Several Boston hospitals have offered guidance for those wishing to donate.

To schedule an appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital, call the Blood Donor Center at 617-726-8171 or e-mail mcallaway@partners.org.

For the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, e-mail blooddonor@partners.org with your preferred donation type (blood or platelets), days you prefer to donate, and a phone number.

Boston Children’s Hospital released the following information on Twitter:

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If you want to donate blood, please try to schedule a time in the next 1-2 wks to replenish supply: http://on.bchil.org/17Ey3Sa or 617-355-6677



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To schedule an appointment with the Red Cross, visit its Web site.

— Michael Schwirtz

5:47 P.M.Searching for Tyler

At an afternoon news conference on Tuesday, Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts hushed reporters’ questions about Monday’s bombing with a request from a Northeastern University student named Victoria, whom he visited at the hospital.

Wounded by shrapnel and, by her own account, hysterical after the bombing, Victoria was taken to a medical tent. There, she was comforted and calmed by a man she came to know only as Tyler, Mr. Patrick said. Tyler said he was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and showed her the scar from the shrapnel wound he sustained there.

“Victoria very, very much wants to thank Tyler personally,” Mr. Patrick said. He asked that Tyler, should he receive the message, call 617-725-4000.

— Michael Schwirtz

5:48 P.M.Governor and Mayor Announce Victims Fund

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Today, along with @MayorTomMenino, we announced http://OneFundBoston.org to help those affected by yesterday’s tragic events.



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Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston have announced the formation of One Fund Boston to raise money for the families most affected by the attack during Monday’s Boston Marathon.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support by the business community and individuals who are united in their desire to help. The One Fund Boston will act as a central fund to receive much-needed financial support,” Governor Patrick said. “At moments like this, we are one state, one city and one people.”

In a statement, Mayor Menino said that support from the business community had been immediate and that within a short time, John Hancock Insurance Company had committed to making a $1 million donation. “Within an hour, I had calls from business leaders and local philanthropists who, like me, were heartbroken by the impact this hideous tragedy has had on individuals, their families and friends,” he said. “And they want to do everything they can to help these people physically and psychologically in the future.”

At a 5 p.m. news conference, Mayor Menino also said he visited several families Tuesday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and spoke with a woman who lost her leg. “She has a lot of courage,” he said.

“We are offering them all kinds of help,” he said. “Those families are going through very difficult times.”

— Jennifer Preston

5:18 P.M.F.B.I.: No Suspect; No Group Has Claimed Responsibility

FBI: Motives and Suspect 'Wide Open' - YouTube

Boston FBI officials deliver an update at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the investigation, via the Associated Press.

Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the F.B.I., said that there were no suspects and that no one had claimed responsibility for the attack. He said that investigators were reviewing more than 2,000 tips, and that forensic evidence gathered at the crime scene had been shipped to F.B.I. labs in Virginia. Again, he asked people to share any information they might have about people talking suspiciously about the Boston Marathon or testing explosive devices in rural areas, and urged anyone with images or video from before or after the explosions to contact the police.

“They are going over the crime scene with a fine-tooth comb, but it is very early in the investigation,” Police Commissioner Edward Davis said.

— Jennifer Preston

5:17 P.M.President Obama Will Join Interfaith Vigil on Thursday

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Interfaith service will be held at Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End Thursday at 11am.

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Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts said that President Obama would visit Boston on Thursday and attend an interfaith vigil at Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Mr. Obama had been scheduled to speak on Friday at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, but the White House said that visit had been canceled.

— Jennifer Preston and Mark Landler

5:12 P.M.F.B.I. Devices in Black Nylon Bags; Pressure Cooker

Richard DesLauriers of the F.B.I. said that the devices that exploded Monday were left in dark nylon bags or backpacks, possibly in a pressure cooker.

Doctors treating the wounded described finding nails, ball bearings and pieces of metal embedded in the skin of the victims.

Mr. DesLauriers asked anyone who saw someone carrying “an unusually heavy dark bag in the vicinity of the blast” to contact police.

According to the Associated Press, the Homeland Security department prepared a document for police in 2010 that described how pressure cookers are used for rudimentary improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The pressure cookers could be used to contain the initiator, switch and explosive charge.

— Jennifer Preston

4:54 P.M.News Conference on Boston Explosions

Authorities hold news conference on Boston Marathon explosion

Authorities hold news conference on Boston Marathon explosion

Law enforcement officials are scheduled to hold a news conference at 5 p.m. Eastern time on the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

4:45 P.M.Update From Boston Children's Hospital

Dr. David Mooney, the trauma director at Boston Children’s Hospital, said the hospital received 10 patients. By Tuesday, six of them had been released with minor injuries, including a head injury and a femur fracture, but three children remained. One, a 2-year-old with a head injury, was in good condition, but a 9-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, both with leg injuries, were still in critical condition.

Dr. Mooney, a soft-spoken surgeon who wore a loud Spiderman tie, said the boy and girl would most likely have died at the scene if they had not been given tourniquets there — a method that was frowned upon in medical circles a decade ago but, he said, has come back into favor as surgeons have treated victims of bombings in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“These kids’ lives were saved by the first responders. I don’t know who did it,” Dr. Mooney said. “One was like a rubber strap, like the old science-class rubber tubing — probably a pocket tourniquet. That’s sort of an Iraq and Afghanistan thing, that people have started to re-learn that tourniquets are O.K. Ten years ago, it was a total no-no.”

The children’s legs, he said, were riddled with shrapnel.

“There were nails, a bunch of nails around — nails in clothing, nails in skin; there were some nails that were all the way inside,” Dr. Mooney said. “If you can see them, you can pull them out. Otherwise you can make the hole where it went in a little bit bigger and you can pull it out.”

He indicated that the nails were about one-half-inch tall, and thin. “They almost look like little small carpet tacks,” he said.

Dr. Mooney said that the hospital also treated an adult from whom a BB was removed, and that he believed that the children had both BB’s and nails in their legs.

For the children, amputation was virtually out of the question.

“We will do everything that we can not to amputate a child’s leg,” Dr. Mooney said. He added that two teams of surgeons worked for three to four hours to remove the tourniquets and stabilize the children, both of whom are currently in the intensive care unit awaiting further surgery.

Doctors are working to determine whether they can attach so-called free flaps of muscle to the children’s damaged leg tissue. “You can take a free flap, take the whole thing out, put it where you want it, and with a microscope, sew the blood vessels together,” Dr. Mooney explained. “There’s a lot of things you can do to sort of help rebuild a leg that’s been injured.”

Jess Bidgood

4:40 P.M.Friends Remember Krystle Campbell on Facebook

A photo of Krystle Campbell posted on Hordon Health's Facebook page.

A photo of Krystle Campbell posted on Hordon Health‘s Facebook page.

A 29-year-old woman who was waiting for a friend at the finish line of the Boston Marathon has been identified as one of the three people killed in the explosions on Monday.

The victim’s father, William A. Campbell Jr., of Medford, Mass.,

told Yahoo News that he was in shock at the death of his daughter Krystle Campbell.

“My daughter was the most lovable girl. She helped everybody, and I’m just so shocked right now. We’re just devastated,” he said. “She was a wonderful, wonderful girl. Always willing to lend a hand.”

Ms. Campbell, a 2001 graduate of Medford High School, was living in Arlington, Mass., and working at Jimmy’s Steak House, a popular restaurant. She had previously worked for the Summer Shack Restaurant, which has multiple locations in the Boston area.

On Facebook, people who said they were friends of Ms. Campbell’s described her as “the salt of the earth, but her complexity demands more.”

Krystle was seldom caught not smiling and not expressing her opinion. She was beautiful, she was loud, and everyone loved her for it. Along with the million-dollar smile came head-to-toe freckles and gorgeous bright red hair, connecting her Irish roots and kid-like manner; it was easy to feel 10 years younger around her, no matter who you were. She had tremendous passion and energy, and Krystle attacked life with vigor and excitement.

Krystle, you will be missed not only by those who knew you, loved you and cherished you the most, but you will be deeply missed by this world as a whole. Your character, your fortitude, your conviction is something that this world desperately needs and now will forever miss.

Rest in peace, dear child. You are safe. You will always be loved.

Another friend, Laurie Jackson Cormier, wrote on Facebook, “Our hearts are breaking today.”

“A good friend and colleague, Krystle Campbell, passed away yesterday after the tragedy at the marathon,” she wrote. “Another colleague is in critical condition. Along with all of those affected by this senseless act, our hearts and prayers are with both of their families. Rest in peace Krystle.”

— Christine Hauser and Michael Roston

4:24 P.M.Pope Francis Expresses Grief Over Bombing

Pope Francis expressed his condolences for the victims of the Boston bombing on Tuesday in a telegram sent by the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, to Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston. Cardinal Bertone said that Pope Francis was “deeply grieved by the news of the loss of life and grave injuries” suffered on Monday.

Here is the full text of the telegram, addressed to Cardinal O’Malley, which was published by zenit.org, a New York-based Catholic news portal that describes itself as “convinced of the extraordinary richness of the Catholic Church’s message, particularly its social doctrine.”

His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley

Archbishop of Boston

Deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries caused by the act of violence perpetrated last evening in Boston, His Holiness, Pope Francis wishes me to assure you of his sympathy and closeness in prayer. In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy, His Holiness invokes God’s peace upon the dead, his consolation upon the suffering and his strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief and response. At this time of mourning, the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good (cf. Rom. 12:21), working together to build an eve more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

Secretary of State

Cardinal O’Malley also released a statement on Tuesday, saying, “Our prayers and concern are with so many who experienced the trauma of these acts, most especially the loved ones of those whose lives were lost and those who were injured, and the injured themselves.”

Liam Stack

4:15 P.M.Video of Doctors From Boston Hospitals Giving Updates

Doctors: Boston Victims Had Nails, Pellets - YouTube

Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital provide updates on injuries, via The Associated Press.

— Jennifer Preston

3:58 P.M.Yankees to Play 'Sweet Caroline' During Game

In another sign of unity following the attacks in Boston, the New York Yankees, the historical and sometimes bitter rivals of the Boston Red Sox, announced on Twitter that they would hold a moment of silence Tuesday night during the third inning, followed by playing “Sweet Caroline.” The song echoes through Fenway Park, and is often drowned out by fans singing along, during the seventh-inning stretch of every Red Sox home game.

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Our thoughts are with the Boston community. Tonight there will be a special moment of silence & Fenway favorite Sweet Caroline @ end of 3rd.


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The Red Sox Twitter account responded a short time later.

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.@yankees Thank you! We appreciate your support.

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The announcement by the Yankees was the latest in a vast outpouring of support from the sporting world for this proud, sports-crazed city.

Various members of the Boston Red Sox took to Twitter on Monday night to declare their passion and support for their adopted city.

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I love Boston... It's my new home... I'm still in shock and can't wrap my head around all of this. Wish there was something I could do.

11:01 AM - 16 Apr 2013




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