Boston Marathon bombings: One week later, a day to mourn. Please pray for those who fell in this tragic bombing.

Boston Marathon bombings: One week later, a day to mourn. Please pray for those who fell in this tragic bombing.

Boston Marathon bombings: One week later, a day to mourn

Video: Thousands of mourners turned out to honor the 29-year-old Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell. Anthony Mason reports.
By Jenna Johnson, Updated: Monday, April 22, 7:12 PM

MEDFORD, Mass. — Funeral services were held for Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell Monday morning, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in her hometown just outside Boston.

The service for the 29-year-old restaurant manager was the first of several solemn remembrances planned for Monday, the one-week commemoration of the bombings that left three dead, injured more than 170 and shocked the nation.

At 2:50 p.m. — the moment that the first of two bombs erupted near the finish line of the venerated marathon — Gov. Patrick L. Deval (D) has asked residents to observe a statewide moment of silence, followed by a ringing of bells.

President Obama, who eulogized the victims and rallied the people of Boston at a “healing” service last Thursday, will observe a moment of silence at that time as well, the White House said.

In the town of Dartmouth, Mass., where the younger of the two brothers believed to be responsible for the bombings attended college, students on the University of Massachusetts campus have organized a 5 p.m. vigil to “begin the healing process and honor the victims of the attacks,” the university said.

And Monday night, Boston University will hold a memorial service for Lu Lingzi, the 23-year-old graduate student from China who also was killed in the blasts.

The third person killed in the bombings was 8-year-old Martin Richard, of Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. His mother and younger sister were badly injured. Area residents crowded into a tearful 10 a.m. Mass at St. Ann Parish on Sunday to remember him and pray for his family, the Boston Globe reported.

In a chaotic series of events that led to the death of one of the bombing suspects and the arrest of the the other, a campus police officer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was killed and a transit police officer was critically injured.

An hour before Campbell’s funeral was to begin, streets around the red-brick church were packed with cars, and police directed traffic, eventually closing off several blocks of High Street, where the church is located.

Local firefighters, members of the Guardian Angels and motorcyclists joined Campbell’s high school classmates, fellow restaurant workers, neighbors and church members, dressed mostly in black and standing quietly in a cold wind.

A couple of guys climbed into a tree so they could hang a massive American flag. Others held up smaller flags as a tribute.

Campbell grew up in this middle-class town, northwest of Boston, and graduated from Medford High School in 2001. She worked for several years at the Summer Shack restaurant in Boston’s Back Bay area and recently managed corporate catering in various locations.

At 11 a.m., the church bell began to clang. Two dozen local police officers rode up on motorcycles, their blue lights flashing gently.

The balls rang on and on, as hundreds of people people filed into the church, many of them family members and close friends who had been brought there in chartered buses.

At about 11:20 p.m., a church representative told the hundreds of well wishers still standing in line that there simply was no room left for them in the pews.

Campbell’s family, the church representative said, was grateful for the show of support.

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