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Boston marks 5 years since marathon attack with tributes

  • Boston held a memorial service five years after the marathon bombing attacks
  • An eight-year-old boy, a 23-year-old graduate and a 29-year-old woman died
  • The two bombs killed the three spectators and maimed more than 260 others
  • Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker both addressed families and survivors at a private ceremony inside the Boston Public Library Sunday

By Associated Press and Michelle Ganney For Dailymail.com

Published: 00:06 EDT, 15 April 2018 | Updated: 19:28 EDT, 15 April 2018

Boston held a memorial service for the fifth anniversary of the bombing attacks that took place April 15, 2013.

On Sunday Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker were seen 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.

It was a day filled with service and commemorations in honor of the victims and survivors.

The father of Lingzi Lu, Jun Lu, front left, and her aunt Helen Zhao, front right, carry a wreath ahead of the family of Martin Richard, background from left, Henry, Bill, Denise and Jane, partially hidden, during a ceremony at the site where Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed in the second explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon
The father of Lingzi Lu, Jun Lu, front left, and her aunt Helen Zhao, front right, carry a wreath ahead of the family of Martin Richard, background from left, Henry, Bill, Denise and Jane, partially hidden, during a ceremony at the site where Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed in the second explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon

The father of Lingzi Lu, Jun Lu, front left, and her aunt Helen Zhao, front right, carry a wreath ahead of the family of Martin Richard, background from left, Henry, Bill, Denise and Jane, partially hidden, during a ceremony at the site where Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed in the second explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon

Martin, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, who was just eight-years-old at the time, was the first one killed in the attacks while waiting with his family near the finish line to see his father complete the marathon.

He was described as 'kind, caring and loving' by staff at his former school. 

Krystle Campbell, 29 of Medford, Massachusetts went with her best friend to take a pictures at the Boston Marathon was the second one killed.

Martin, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, who was just eight-years-old at the time, was the first one killed in the attacks while waiting with his family near the finish line to see his father complete the marathon. Krystle Campbell, 29 of Medford, Massachusetts went with her best friend to take a pictures at the Boston Marathon was the second one killed
Martin, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, who was just eight-years-old at the time, was the first one killed in the attacks while waiting with his family near the finish line to see his father complete the marathon. Krystle Campbell, 29 of Medford, Massachusetts went with her best friend to take a pictures at the Boston Marathon was the second one killed
Martin, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, who was just eight-years-old at the time, was the first one killed in the attacks while waiting with his family near the finish line to see his father complete the marathon. Krystle Campbell, 29 of Medford, Massachusetts went with her best friend to take a pictures at the Boston Marathon was the second one killed
Martin, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, who was just eight-years-old at the time, was the first one killed in the attacks while waiting with his family near the finish line to see his father complete the marathon. Krystle Campbell, 29 of Medford, Massachusetts went with her best friend to take a pictures at the Boston Marathon was the second one killed

Martin, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, who was just eight-years-old at the time, was the first one killed in the attacks while waiting with his family near the finish line to see his father complete the marathon. Krystle Campbell, 29 of Medford, Massachusetts went with her best friend to take a pictures at the Boston Marathon was the second one killed

Lu Lingzi, 23, was the last one killed during the bombings. She was a graduate student from China studying at Boston University when she was killed. A few days after the bombings Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier, 27, was ambushed and shot dead
Lu Lingzi, 23, was the last one killed during the bombings. She was a graduate student from China studying at Boston University when she was killed. A few days after the bombings Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier, 27, was ambushed and shot dead
Lu Lingzi, 23, was the last one killed during the bombings. She was a graduate student from China studying at Boston University when she was killed. A few days after the bombings Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier, 27, was ambushed and shot dead
Lu Lingzi, 23, was the last one killed during the bombings. She was a graduate student from China studying at Boston University when she was killed. A few days after the bombings Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier, 27, was ambushed and shot dead

Lu Lingzi, 23, was the last one killed during the bombings. She was a graduate student from China studying at Boston University when she was killed. A few days after the bombings Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier, 27, was ambushed and shot dead

Her mother, Patty, shaking with emotion, told reporters: 'You couldn't ask for a better daughter... I can't believe this has happened. She was such a hard worker in everything she did.'

Lu Lingzi, 23, was the last one killed during the bombings. She was a graduate student from China studying at Boston University when she was killed.

A few days after the bombings Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier, 27, was ambushed and shot dead.

The 26-year-old had been shot multiple times, allegedly by Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as they tried to evade arrest.

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 Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed in the second explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon
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 Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed in the second explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon

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 Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed in the second explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon

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 at the site where Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed
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 at the site where Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed

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 at the site where Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed

Walsh and Baker both addressed families and survivors at a private ceremony inside the Boston Public Library Sunday.

'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.

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 where Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lingzi Lu were killed during the 2013 Boston Marathon, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Boston. (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 where Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lingzi Lu were killed during the 2013 Boston Marathon, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Boston. (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 where Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lingzi Lu were killed during the 2013 Boston Marathon, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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.

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.

The family of Martin Richard, from left, Bill, Jane, Henry and Denise, walk down Boylston Street following a ceremony at the site where Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed in the second explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
The family of Martin Richard, from left, Bill, Jane, Henry and Denise, walk down Boylston Street following a ceremony at the site where Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed in the second explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The family of Martin Richard, from left, Bill, Jane, Henry and Denise, walk down Boylston Street following a ceremony at the site where Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed in the second explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, center, stands with the mother of Krystle Campbell, Patricia Campbell, second from right, following a wreath-laying ceremony at the Boston Marathon finish line where Krystle Campbell was killed 
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, center, stands with the mother of Krystle Campbell, Patricia Campbell, second from right, following a wreath-laying ceremony at the Boston Marathon finish line where Krystle Campbell was killed 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, center, stands with the mother of Krystle Campbell, Patricia Campbell, second from right, following a wreath-laying ceremony at the Boston Marathon finish line where Krystle Campbell was killed 

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.

Cristopher Nzenwa, of Boston, prays at the site of the first explosion during the 2013 Boston Marathon
Cristopher Nzenwa, of Boston, prays at the site of the first explosion during the 2013 Boston Marathon

Cristopher Nzenwa, of Boston, prays at the site of the first explosion during the 2013 Boston Marathon

The family of Martin Richard, foreground from left, Bill, Jane, Henry and Denise, observe a moment of silence during a ceremony at the site where Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed
The family of Martin Richard, foreground from left, Bill, Jane, Henry and Denise, observe a moment of silence during a ceremony at the site where Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed

The family of Martin Richard, foreground from left, Bill, Jane, Henry and Denise, observe a moment of silence during a ceremony at the site where Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed

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.'

At 2:49 p.m., the bells of Old South Church rang as Boston held a citywide moment of silence to mark the moment five years ago when the first bomb exploded. Sunday is 'One Boston Day,' devoted to blood drives and acts of kindness.

Security is tight for Monday's 122nd running of the iconic race.

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