Family mistakenly told daughter was alive and injured

April 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM
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BOSTON, April 16 (UPI) -- A family was mistakenly told a young Boston-area woman had been seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombing when she had, in fact, been killed.

Staffers at Massachusetts General Hospital apparently mistook Karen Rand for her friend, Krystle Campbell, the New York Daily News reported. The two women had attended the marathon and were watching near the finish line because Rand's boyfriend was running.

William Campbell said he and his wife waited for hours at the hospital where they believed their daughter was in surgery. At 2 a.m., they were allowed into the intensive care unit.

"I said, 'That's not my daughter. That's Karen! Where's my daughter?' The doctors were as shocked as we were," Campbell said.

A short time later, a Boston police detective told them Krystle was one of three people killed when two bombs exploded near the finish line Monday afternoon. The other victims included Martin Richards, 8.

Krystle Campbell, 29, grew up in Medford in the Boston suburbs and graduated from Medford High in 2001. She managed a Jimmy's Steakhouse.

"My daughter was the most lovable girl. She helped everybody and I'm just so shocked right now. We're just devastated," her father told "She was a wonderful, wonderful girl. Always willing to lend a hand."

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