Krystle Campbell, Boston Marathon bombing victim, will be honored with dedication of Spectacle Island gazebo in her name
(Image courtesy Jeff Dugan)
Krystle M. Campbell, the 29-year-old woman killed in the Boston Marathon bombings, will be remembered on Spectacle Island with the dedication of a gazebo in her name.
Members of the Boston Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously Monday morning to approve the dedication of the gazebo, which offers stellar views from the east side of the 105-acre harbor Island.
Campbell, a Medford native, was one of three people killed April 15 in the Marathon explosions.Martin Richard, an 8-year-old Dorchester resident, and Lingzi Lu, a 23-year-old Boston University student, also died.
Campbell worked as catering operations manager for Jasper White’s Summer Shack, which has a seasonal stand on Spectacle Island.
“It’s one of the spots on the island she appreciated,” said Jeff Dugan, a partner/owner of Summer Shack, who attended Monday’s hearing to throw his support behind the dedication.
For the past five years, Campbell had managed services on the island, which included everything from weddings to clam bakes.
“She was an unbelievable role model and brought so many different people together,” said Dugan. “She was the ‘go to’ person for anyone you spoke to on the island.”
Located between two drumlins with drastic views of the harbor, Dugan said the spot was special to Campbell, who even recommended it for two of her best friends’ weddings.
“The location is just so peaceful,” said Dugan. “You have views of the city and the harbor and it can be unbelievably quiet.”
A letter signed by friends and colleagues in addition to Philip Griffiths, president of the Boston Harbor Island Alliance; Jack Murray, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation: and Kelly Fellner, superintendent of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area; was also submitted to the Commission in support.
“We came to know her very well. She loved being on the Islands, and it seems highly appropriate to honor her memory there,” read the letter, according to the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.
Advocates for the dedication will now work the Boston Parks and Recreation Department to design a plaque for the spot.
“The bombing changed a lot of lives, but if you sit at that spot you can see everything and it’s just so tranquil and calm,” said Dugan.