Boston marks 5 years since marathon attack with tributes - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

Boston marks 5 years since marathon attack with tributes

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer). The father of Lingzi Lu, Jun Lu, foreground left, and her aunt Helen Zhao, foreground right, carry a wreath ahead of the family of Martin Richard, background from left, Henry, Bill, Denise and Jane, partially hidden, during a ... (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer). The father of Lingzi Lu, Jun Lu, foreground left, and her aunt Helen Zhao, foreground right, carry a wreath ahead of the family of Martin Richard, background from left, Henry, Bill, Denise and Jane, partially hidden, during a ...
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer). The father of Lingzi Lu, Jun Lu, second from right, and her aunt Helen Zhao, right, place a wreath as the family of Martin Richard, from left, Henry, Bill, Jane and Denise look on during a ceremony at the site where Martin Ric... (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer). The father of Lingzi Lu, Jun Lu, second from right, and her aunt Helen Zhao, right, place a wreath as the family of Martin Richard, from left, Henry, Bill, Jane and Denise look on during a ceremony at the site where Martin Ric...
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer). The father of Lingzi Lu, Jun Lu, second from right, and her aunt Helen Zhao, right, observe a moment of silence with the family of Martin Richard, foreground from left, Bill, Jane, Henry and Denise, center, during a ceremony a... (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer). The father of Lingzi Lu, Jun Lu, second from right, and her aunt Helen Zhao, right, observe a moment of silence with the family of Martin Richard, foreground from left, Bill, Jane, Henry and Denise, center, during a ceremony a...
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer). The father of Lingzi Lu, Jun Lu, second from right, and her aunt Helen Zhao, right, observe a moment of silence with the family of Martin Richard, foreground from left, Bill, Jane, Henry and Denise, during a ceremony at the si... (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer). The father of Lingzi Lu, Jun Lu, second from right, and her aunt Helen Zhao, right, observe a moment of silence with the family of Martin Richard, foreground from left, Bill, Jane, Henry and Denise, during a ceremony at the si...
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer). The family of Martin Richard, from left, Bill, Jane, Henry and Denise, join Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, second from right, and the mother of Krystle Campbell, Patricia, right, following ceremonies at the two bomb sites w... (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer). The family of Martin Richard, from left, Bill, Jane, Henry and Denise, join Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, second from right, and the mother of Krystle Campbell, Patricia, right, following ceremonies at the two bomb sites w...

By VAISHNAVEE SHARMA and SARAH BETANCOURT
Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) - The bells of Old South Church in Boston rang at 2:49 p.m. to commemorate a citywide moment of silence in honor of Boston Marathon bombing survivors and victims

It was an emotional moment in a day filled with service projects and ceremonies to remember those impacted by the deadly bombings five years ago.

Boston began the anniversary of the attacks Sunday with Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker laying wreaths early in the morning at the spots along downtown Boylston Street where two bombs killed three spectators and maimed more than 260 others April 15, 2013.

Both addressed families and survivors at a private ceremony inside the Boston Public Library.

"On April 15, 2013, our city changed forever but over the last five years, we have reclaimed hope. We have reclaimed the finish line and Boston has emerged with a new strength, a resilience rooted in love," Walsh said.

Jane and Henry Richard, siblings of the youngest victim Martin Richard, and members of the family's foundation, also spoke.

Henry Richard urged those listening to follow Martin's message to "choose kindness and do more." The family's foundation was founded in 2014 to connect young people with opportunities for volunteerism and community engagement.

Victim Lu Lingzi's uncle, Sherman Yee, was present at the ceremony and private gathering. He said, "The family has been overwhelmed by love and support from all over the world.'" He called Lingzi an "extraordinary girl" who represented the youth that come to the U.S. from China to study.

"While she didn't realize her dreams, as her family we invest in the youths through our foundation to keep her memory going," he said.

The bombs also killed 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, of Arlington. Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier was killed in the line of duty during a confrontation with bomber Tamerlan Tzarneav.

Roxanne Simmonds was at commemorative ceremonies to honor her son, fallen Boston police officer Dennis Simmonds. Simmonds suffered a head injury on April 19, 2013, during a shootout with Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev as law enforcement closed in on them.

He suffered a fatal brain aneurysm a year later assessed to be the result of his injuries from the explosive device. Roxanne Simmonds said "DJ" was "brilliant and fearless - he just loved Boston."

The youngest graduate of his class at Lasell College, Dennis Simmonds worked in Mattapan as an officer.

"It was important for him to be in a community with men and women who look like him," his mother said. "Individuals of color working hard to make sure their communities were safe." She praised Walsh, saying that it was obvious how significant the victims are to the mayor.

Arreen Andrew, of Boston, said she was in the crowd across the stand when the first bomb went off in 2013.

"It was sheer panic," she recalled. "Just this sense of 'No, this can't happen to us.'"

Five years later, while the day is still a reminder of some painful memories, she said it has also become a day about the relationships that have since been formed and "reformed and recreated our entire community."

For some, such an anniversary is about planting the seeds of change. Forty-three-year-old Heather Abbott of Newport, Rhode Island hosted a fundraiser for her foundation that supports amputees. Abbott was outside of Forum, a restaurant by the finish line, when the impact of the second bomb blew her through the entrance of the building. Former New England Patriots lineman Matt Chatham and his wife Erin were in the restaurant, and carried Abbott to safety.

After three surgeries in four days, Abbott's left leg was amputated below the knee. Her recovery was long, but in 2014, Abbott started her own foundation to help amputees with financial difficulties afford prosthetics and expensive co-payments.

"I want to make some changes in the world of health insurance and help them understand why people need these devices," said Abbott.

Abbott says the foundation has given out 19 prosthetic devices out so far. "They can cost from $15,000 to as much as $100,000," she said.

___

This story has been corrected to show the last name of the young boy who died is Richard, not Richards.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • U.S. & World NewsMore>>

  • The Latest: Toronto cops say van incident looked deliberate

    The Latest: Toronto cops say van incident looked deliberate

    Monday, April 23 2018 10:06 PM EDT2018-04-24 02:06:03 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 10:37 PM EDT2018-04-24 02:37:55 GMT
    (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). A injured person is put into the back of an ambulance in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a crowd  of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. The van apparently jumped a curb Monday i...(Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). A injured person is put into the back of an ambulance in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a crowd of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. The van apparently jumped a curb Monday i...
    Toronto's police chief says an incident in which a rented van smashed into pedestrians appeared to have been deliberate.More >>
    Toronto's police chief says an incident in which a rented van smashed into pedestrians appeared to have been deliberate.More >>
  • Van plows into Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 and injuring 15

    Van plows into Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 and injuring 15

    Monday, April 23 2018 9:56 PM EDT2018-04-24 01:56:00 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 10:37 PM EDT2018-04-24 02:37:48 GMT
    (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). Police officers stand by a covered body in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk and crashed into a crowd of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. The van apparently jumped a curb Monday in a busy int...(Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). Police officers stand by a covered body in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk and crashed into a crowd of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. The van apparently jumped a curb Monday in a busy int...
    A rented van plowed down a crowded Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 before the driver fled and was quickly arrested in a confrontation with police.More >>
    A rented van plowed down a crowded Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 before the driver fled and was quickly arrested in a confrontation with police.More >>
  • Armenia's leader quits amid protests, saying 'I was wrong'

    Armenia's leader quits amid protests, saying 'I was wrong'

    Monday, April 23 2018 11:15 AM EDT2018-04-23 15:15:48 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 10:37 PM EDT2018-04-24 02:37:38 GMT
    (Karo Sahakyan/PAN Photo via AP). Yerevan residents celebrate Armenian Prime Minister's Serzh Sargsyan's resignation in Yerevan, Armenia, Monday, April 23, 2018. Sargsyan resigned unexpectedly on Monday, an apparent move to bring to an end massive anti...(Karo Sahakyan/PAN Photo via AP). Yerevan residents celebrate Armenian Prime Minister's Serzh Sargsyan's resignation in Yerevan, Armenia, Monday, April 23, 2018. Sargsyan resigned unexpectedly on Monday, an apparent move to bring to an end massive anti...
    Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned unexpectedly Monday to quell massive anti-government protests over what critics feared was his effort to seize power for life.More >>
    Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned unexpectedly Monday to quell massive anti-government protests over what critics feared was his effort to seize power for life.More >>
  • NationalMore>>

  • Funeral held for pro wrestling great Bruno Sammartino

    Funeral held for pro wrestling great Bruno Sammartino

    Monday, April 23 2018 9:06 PM EDT2018-04-24 01:06:00 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 10:38 PM EDT2018-04-24 02:38:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic). Pallbearers carry the casket of former professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ross Township, Pa., a suburb just north of Pittsburgh.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic). Pallbearers carry the casket of former professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino Monday, April 23, 2018, in Ross Township, Pa., a suburb just north of Pittsburgh.
    Former professional wrestling champion Bruno Sammartino has been laid to rest in Pennsylvania, where he was remembered as one of the sport's good guys.More >>
    Former professional wrestling champion Bruno Sammartino has been laid to rest in Pennsylvania, where he was remembered as one of the sport's good guys.More >>
  • Waffle House shooter's guns were seized but then returned

    Waffle House shooter's guns were seized but then returned

    Monday, April 23 2018 5:37 PM EDT2018-04-23 21:37:33 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 10:30 PM EDT2018-04-24 02:30:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey). Don Aaron, public affairs manager for the Metro Nashville Police Department, speaks at a news conference Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn., regarding the capture of Travis Reinking. Reinking, who police say shot and ...(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey). Don Aaron, public affairs manager for the Metro Nashville Police Department, speaks at a news conference Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn., regarding the capture of Travis Reinking. Reinking, who police say shot and ...
    Gunman suspected of attacking a Waffle House lost Illinois firearms license after exhibiting erratic behavior.More >>
    Gunman suspected of attacking a Waffle House lost Illinois firearms license after exhibiting erratic behavior.More >>
  • Oregon knew of abuse case against family that went off cliff

    Oregon knew of abuse case against family that went off cliff

    Monday, April 23 2018 8:06 PM EDT2018-04-24 00:06:18 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 10:30 PM EDT2018-04-24 02:30:09 GMT
    Documents show that Oregon child welfare officials knew the family in an SUV that plunged off a California cliff had faced a child abuse investigation in another state when it looked into allegations in 2013.More >>
    Documents show that Oregon child welfare officials knew the family in an SUV that plunged off a California cliff had faced a child abuse investigation in another state when it looked into allegations in 2013.More >>
Powered by Frankly