(Adds detail from Lingzi Lu service at Boston University, 9/11
flag handover ceremony)
By Ross Kerber and Scott Malone
BOSTON, April 22 A day of remembrance in
Massachusetts reached around the world.
Hundreds of mourners crowded outside a suburban Boston
church on Monday for the first of a series of funerals for the
victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. It was followed by an
evening university service for another young life cut short,
this time a student from China.
The morning funeral was for Krystle Campbell, 29, a
restaurant manager, and the evening's for graduate student
Lingzi Lu, whose death resonated in China.
The April 15 attack at the marathon's finish line killed
three people and injured more than 200.
No public funeral has yet been scheduled for the bombing's
youngest victim, 8-year-old Martin Richard.
The suspected bombers were also believed to have fatally
shot a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology on Thursday night before a gun battle with police and
day-long manhunt that left most of the Boston area locked down.
The ceremonies came on a day of transition for the region
after the bombings, marked both by the start of federal court
proceedings and a moment of silence in mid-afternoon.
Near the blast zone, FBI officials lowered an American flag
that had flown near the site of the bombing since April 15, and
law enforcement officers carefully folded it and presented it to
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
It was part of the process of investigators to turn the
crime scene back over to the city and set the stage for the
eventual reopening of Boylston Street, a busy shopping and
commercial route closed for more than a week.
Some in the crowd outside St. Joseph's Church in Medford
said they had driven as far as 100 miles (160 km) to attend the
funeral of Campbell, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
and interim U.S. Senator William "Mo" Cowan also were there.
Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley spoke, according to an event
program. The funeral was closed to the media.
The hearse carrying Campbell's red-tinted casket was
escorted by about 20 police motorcycles. An honor guard of
uniformed law enforcement officers stood in front of the church
as pallbearers carried the casket in.
Chuck Walsh, a retired custodian from Medford High School,
came from Ossipee, New Hampshire, for the funeral of Campbell,
whom he remembered calling him "Mr. Chuck" in her school days.
"It was travesty what happened," Walsh said.
Also there was Renee Arsenault, a 28-year-old hairdresser
who went to middle school with Campbell.
"I am so happy this many people showed up in her honor,"
After the funeral, Patrick and Menino led a moment of
silence at the State House at 2:50 p.m. (1850 GMT), to mark one
week since the moment of the first bombing. The governors of
nearby states including Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine
also observed the moment of silence.
In the evening, Boston University held a poignant memorial
service for graduate student Lu, with speakers including her
father, friends and the school's president, Robert Brown, who
recalled she liked blueberry pancakes and the violinst Itzhak
Lu had been at the marathon's nearby finish line with
friends to celebrate handing in a research project, Brown said.
The event drew both Chinese media representatives and Zhong
Ruiming, an official from China's consulate in New York. "Today
we are gathered here with a heavy heart," he said.
He said the bombing "once again brought home the importance,
to all of us, the importance of peace, security and social
He said Lu was her family's only child. Her father Jun Lu
recalled his daughter's energy and outgoing drive. "She was the
family's Shirley Temple," Lu said, according to a translation of
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will visit
Boston on Wednesday to attend the memorial service for Sean
Collier, a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology the bombers also are alleged to have killed, a White
House official said.
Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was in custody at a Boston
hospital on Monday after being apprehended on Friday night. He
was badly injured in a gun battle with police that led to the
death of his older brother Tamerlan, 26.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged on Monday by federal officials
with crimes including the use of a weapon of mass destruction.
(Reporting by Ross Kerber and Scott Malone; Editing by Andrew
Hay, Bill Trott and Vicki Allen)