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04/16/2013 08:56 pm ET Updated Apr 17, 2013

Krystle Campbell, Boston Marathon Bomb Victim, Hailed As Loving, Loyal

WASHINGTON -- Krystle Campbell, 29, was the second person killed in Monday's Boston Marathon bombing to be identified. Campbell had gone to Copley Square to watch the race finish. She was standing along Boylston Street when the bombs went off, killing her and injuring a friend.

Patty Campbell, Krystle's mother, read a tearful statement on Tuesday afternoon, standing in front of her house in Medford, Mass. "Krystle Marie, she was a wonderful person," Patty Campbell said. "Everybody that knew her loved her. She loved her dogs. ... She had a heart of gold. She was always smiling. You couldn't ask for a better daughter. I can't believe this has happened. She was such a hard worker at everything she did. This doesn't make any sense."

More than 170 were wounded in the attack, some still in critical condition. Along with Campbell, 8-year-old Martin Richard and a Boston University graduate student whose name has not been made public died in the blasts.

For the Campbells, the heartbreak began with confusion in the hospital. According to WCVB, doctors told the family that their daughter had survived and that her friend had died. "When William and Patty Campbell were finally allowed in to see the patient, they realized it was not their daughter," the station reported.

Krystle Campbell worked in the restaurant industry and was dedicated to her family. She had moved into her grandmother's Somerville, Mass., home to help her recuperate from surgery. She took care of her grandmother for roughly two years. She meant "the world," Lillian Campbell told The Huffington Post.

"She was right there for me," she said. "I needed her and she was there. She was a giving girl, a loving girl. And I loved her. She was my special little one."

Friends and co-workers remembered Campbell as someone who was dedicated to her job, who always greeted them with a bright smile. Steve Sullivan used to see her when he took pictures for celebrity chef events at the restaurant Jasper White's Summer Shack . Campbell worked there as a manager, Sullivan said. She had worked for the restaurant chain for nine years.

"She was awesome," Sullivan told HuffPost. "Always the girl with the smile on her face on a Tuesday night with a foot of snow on the ground."

Sullivan said she'd "be the first one to come over and give you a hug. She was an angel. I'll tell ya -- we're devastated." He remembered Campbell posting pictures on Facebook of buying tuna off the dock, declaring, "I love my job."

Jasper White, in a statement to the press, said he closed his Boston and Cambridge locations on Tuesday night out of respect. He hailed Campbell as "a vibrant, wonderful, cheerful part of the Summer Shack family."

"She was an integral part of our organization, particularly in running our Boston Harbor Island location," White said. "Krystle touched my life, and the lives of all our employees with her constant smile and joyful personality. She was beloved by all of us, and we will miss her deeply. We also extend our heartfelt sympathy and send our prayers out to her family."

Campbell recently started working as a manager at Jimmy's Steer House in Arlington, Mass. A manager, who did not give her name, said she had gone through training with Campbell. "She was a very amazing person," the manager told HuffPost. "All the staff loved her."

Campbell would have turned 30 next month.

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04/19/2013 2:30 AM EDT

GLOBE: Bombing Suspect In Custody, Another Remains On The Loose

One marathon suspect has been captured, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation.

Another remains on the loose in Watertown after a firefight with police. Authorities have established a 20-block perimeter as they search for him.

Read more here.

04/19/2013 12:44 AM EDT

Unconfirmed Photo Of Suspect 2 In Boston Marathon Bombing Emerges On Facebook

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Just hours after the FBI released the first photos of suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, a new photo of Suspect 2 may have emerged.

David Green, 49, of Jacksonville, Fla., had just completed his first Boston Marathon, when he snapped a picture with his iPhone 4S, taken at 2:50, just after the two blasts ripped through the finish line area, killing three people and injuring more than 180 others.

The FBI has not publicly confirmed this photo as Suspect 2, but Green told the Huffington Post that an agent told him, "this is probably the best we have right now."

The man who appears to be Suspect 2 is wearing a white hat with a "3" on the side as seen in the publicly-released photos.

Read more here.

04/18/2013 10:19 PM EDT

Boston Bombing Victim in Iconic Photo Helped Identify Attackers: Bloomberg

Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.

Just before 3 p.m. on April 15, Bauman was waiting among the crowd for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at Jeff, 27, and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview.

Read more here.

04/18/2013 9:04 PM EDT

Federal Law Enforcement Says Suspects Stayed To Watch Carnage: CNN Reports

04/18/2013 7:26 PM EDT

Right Wing Journalist Goes Ballistic During Press Conference

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BOSTON -- Moments after the FBI revealed images of two baseball cap-wearing men wanted for questioning about the Boston bombings, the press conference descended into a sideshow.

A journalist from a far-right wing website called Info Wars shouted out a question accusing the government of carrying out the attack that killed three, and maimed or injured 170 others.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Deslauriers ignored the allegation of a government conspiracy from reporter Daniel Bidondi, but the Alex Jones protege did not stop hollering.

"The FBI lies," Bidondi said. "We've got the proof," he said accusing the government of a "false flag" attack in which it staged the blasts and made them appear like the work of terrorists.

Bidondi found himself at the center of an media scrum with cameras and microphones pointed at his face after law enforcement officials left the podium in the Sheraton hotel.

Another reporter ridiculed Bidondi from across the room, telling him to shut up and calling him an asshole.

The excitement quickly dissipated as reporters returned to delivering the news about the official images of the suspects.

Bidondi has been a presence at other press conferences this week related to the bombing investigation.

--Michael McLaughlin / HuffPost Crime

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled Bidondi's last name. We regret the error.

04/18/2013 7:00 PM EDT

Is The Suspect's Hat A Clue?

04/18/2013 6:46 PM EDT

Facial Recognition Expert Reacts To FBI Photos

Dr. Ralph Gross, a facial recognition expert at Carnegie Mellon University, said the FBI photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing are likely too grainy to be matched against a driver's license database or Facebook. But he thinks they may be just good enough for someone who knows the individuals to identify them.

"The resolution isn't particularly good. The one that's kind of best is unfortunately a side view -- and in general the face recognition software works best with frontal view," he said.

Research has consistently found, however, that people can spot people they know even in grainy, off-center photographs.

"Humans are actually very good at recognizing people that they are familiar with," Gross said. "Somebody that might know these guys, or might know the way they dress, might certainly be able to recognize them."

The FBI said the men should be considered armed and dangerous, and urged tipsters to call 1-800-CALL-FBI if they believe they have information that could lead to an arrest.

--Matt Sledge

04/18/2013 6:21 PM EDT

Daily News Doctored Photo

The New York Daily News reportedly doctored its front page photograph of the Boston bombings (see update below).

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04/18/2013 5:37 PM EDT

Hi-Res Image Of People Of Interest

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04/18/2013 5:30 PM EDT

FBI Website Down

CNN reports that, because of a flood of traffic, the FBI's site is temporarily down.

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