Members of the UMass Boston community crowded the Campus Center terrace on Monday afternoon to pay tribute to former sociology student Krystle Campbell and the other victims of the Boston Marathon attacks, and to begin healing after a week of terror.
“All of us who are inspired by visions of a brighter day are made weary in the ugly face of the kind of brutality we encountered last week,” said Chancellor J. Keith Motley. “Evil was active. It was busy and working to spread hurt, anger, and despair.”
Motley spoke at the university’s Service of Healing and Reconciliation shortly after representing UMass Boston at Campbell’s funeral in Medford on Monday morning. He met with Campbell’s family at her service, and they told him Krystle was proud to have been a UMass Boston student.
Student Body President Jesse Wright said he will present a resolution Wednesday to the Undergraduate Student Government that would make the third Monday of April “UMass Boston Strong Day.”
“For each year, we will ensure to remember not only this tragedy, but remember the strength of our community, the values of its members, and remind us that in times of trial, we will always overcome,” Wright said.
As the service ended, the crowd participated in a statewide moment of silence at 2:50 p.m., the time when the first bomb went off near the Marathon finish line last Monday.
Several resources are available to the campus community, including counseling. Healing ribbons are also available from University Health Services.
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