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Healing, and Moment of Silence

J. Keith Motley, PhD, UMass Boston Chancellor | April 22, 2013

This morning I will attend the services for our former student, Krystle Campbell, as we continue to remember those who have lost their lives or suffered serious injuries in the Boston Marathon bombings last week. It is my hope that this new week will begin a healing process for our community and the commonwealth.

Though I will be only one small voice in the outpouring of grief and condolences to the Campbell family, I know I represent the feelings of the entire University of Massachusetts Boston community, and I hope you will join me in spirit in honoring her.

Although you know the names of the other victims who lost their lives – Martin Richard, the eight-year-old Dorchester boy growing up on our doorstep; Lingzi Lu, the Boston University graduate student with a love for our city; Sean Collier, the heroic MIT police officer just starting his career – I repeat their names so we remember them again.

This afternoon at 2:30 we will host a Service of Healing and Reconciliation in the Campus Center, which will include a statewide moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. to remember these four young people and the many other victims of this tragedy. I hope you will join me for this time of reflection. More information about the service is available on the university’s homepage.