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UMass Boston unveils portrait of Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  November 20, 2013 10:58 AM

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Krystle Campbell's parents, Patricia and William Campbell Jr., alongside UMass trustee board member Dick Campbell.

A portrait was unveiled in the UMass Boston campus center recently of former student Krystle Campbell, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Campus leaders and family members held a ceremony Thursday to mark the completion of the work done by UK-based painter Cameron Bennett, who based the portrait off photos of Campbell.

“It’s just beautiful,” her father, William Campbell Jr., said with tears in his eyes, according to school officials.

He thanked the university community and others for their outpouring of support since he lost his daughter seven months ago.

“There really are good people in the world,” he said.

Krystle’s mother, Patricia Campbell, also attended the unveiling, as did campus Chancellor J. Keith Motley and UMass trustee Dick Campbell, who is not related to Krystle’s family but is from the same town, Medford, and helped the family commission the painting, officials said.

“Krystle Campbell’s cheerful spirit will continue to brighten life at UMass Boston,” Motley said of the painting.

Motley described her as having an upbeat personality and being devoted to her friends, officials said.

Jesse Wright, former student body president said: “How fitting that it is Krystle’s smile that will be left behind.”

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at mjrochele@gmail.com. Looking for more coverage of area colleges and universities? Go to our Your Campus pages.

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