Marathon Bombing Victim’s Memory Kept Alive Through Scholarship, Boston Marathon Team

MEDFORD, Mass. (CBS/AP) — Two University of Massachusetts Boston students have been named recipients of a $5,000 scholarship in honor of a Boston Marathon bombing victim.

Eden Blakeley, of Boston, and Leona Smith, of Revere, received Krystle Campbell scholarships from UMass-Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley at a ceremony Saturday in Medford, Campbell’s hometown.

“This scholarship has brought me one step closer to following my dreams,” said Smith.

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Leona Smith receives a UMass-Boston scholarship award given in Krystle Campbell’s memory. (WBZ-TV0

Campbell was one of three people killed in the April 15, 2013, blasts. The restaurant manager attended UMass-Boston from 2005 to 2007 and received a degree posthumously.

The scholarship is awarded annually to UMass students, who like Campbell, are pursuing business degrees.

“Krystle’s legacy is one that will sustain itself. She was the kind of young lady who was not only a fascinating contributor, but was someone who just could fill a room with her humanity,” said Motley.

Medford Mayor Stephanie Burke, Campbell’s family, and this year’s Krystle Campbell Scholarship Fund Marathon Team attended the ceremony.

The fund has raised $680,000 in cash and pledges toward its $1 million goal.

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The Boston Marathon team running in Krystle Campbell’s memory pauses at a peace garden made in her name. (WBZ-TV)

Earlier in the day, runners from the marathon team in Campbell’s honor also participated in a training run around her hometown of Medford.

The group paused for a moment when they passed the Campbell home, and also at the peace garden created in her name.

“I run because I want to keep her memory alive as much as possible,” one runner said.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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