Krystle Campbell, 29, was enjoying the Boston Marathon with her best friend, hoping to get a photo of the other woman’s boyfriend after he conquered the last mile.
Then came the blast that killed Campbell and two others — Martin Richmond, 8 of Dorchester and a graduate student from China whose name has not been released.
Yesterday, in nearby Medford, William Campbell described his daughter, Krystle, as the light of his life, “a very caring, very loving person.”
“Daddy’s little girl,” the 56-year-old said.
The victim’s mother, Patty Campbell, her voice breaking as she wept, said the couple was “heartbroken at the death of our daughter.”
“She was a wonderful person,’’ Patty Campbell said. “Everybody that knew her loved her. ... She had a heart of gold. She was always smiling. You couldn’t ask for a better daughter. This doesn’t make sense.”
A friend and co-worker at the restaurant where Krystle Campbell was a manager described her as hardworking yet fun-loving, someone who knew how to live life to its fullest.
Boston University said one of the people killed in the bombing was a graduate student who was watching the race with friends at the finish line, which is not far from the school. The Chinese Consulate in New York said the victim was a Chinese national, though it did not identify the student.
A Hong Kong broadcaster reported the student was a woman from Shenyang who was studying statistics. The official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported her relatives have requested she not be identified.