Hundreds Attend Wake for Krystle Campbell

Medford Resident Roberto Garutti discusses why he came to the wake of Boston Marathon bombings victim Krystle Campbell Sunday.

Friends and family began the process of saying goodbye to Krystle Campbell Sunday, showing strength in their numbers.

Campbell, 29, was a Medford native and Arlington resident killed in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings.

The line that formed at Dello Russo Funeral Home on Main Street was lengthy even before the doors opened at 3 p.m., eventually wrapping around the corner of Billings Avenue.

The program Sunday’s wake, provided to Patch by funeral director Fred Dello Russo, Jr., was adorned with pictures of Campbell, a 2001 Medford High School graduate, throughout her life.

Inscribed in the middle of the program was the following message:

“Always remember we love you. Although you could not stay, you’ll always remain in our hearts, until we meet again, our beautiful Krystle.”

The wake brought out some who had no previous connection to Campbell.

Roberto Garutti, a Medford resident who lives on nearby George Street, said he didn’t know Campbell or her family. But he felt compelled Sunday to come and pay his respects.

“It effects everybody,” Garutti said. “It effects Medford, too. She was part of the city here.”

Garutti said he was impressed by the show of support from the community. He was impressed with all the stories about Campbell, saying she seemed like a “wonderful girl.”

“She deserves all of this,” he said of the turnout. “One-hundred percent.”

Campbell will be laid to rest Monday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish, 118 High St. in Medford. Burial will then take place at Oak Grove Cemetery.

South End Patch