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UPDATED: 3 dead, over 100 injured in Boston Marathon explosions

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Updated: 6:50pm April 16, 2013

The third victim in the Boston Marathon is a Chinese national, according to an official in New York's Chinese Consulate's press section. Another Chinese student was injured.

According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, the relatives of the deceased have requested the victim not be identified.

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Updated: 2:10pm April 16, 2013

Another victim, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, has been identified.

Campbell hailed from Medford, Massachusetts and worked as a restaurant manager. According to her father, she went to the Boston Marathon with a friend to take a picture of her friend's boyfriend crossing the finish line.

Her friend was seriously injured.

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Updated: 6:00am April 16, 2013

We now know the name of the 8 year old victim who was killed in yesterday's Boston Marathon explosions.

Martin Richard was standing near the finish line waiting for his father to finish the race when one of the two explosions took his life.

The third grader was with his mother and sister at the time. His mother suffered a serious brain injury, his six year-old sister lost one of her legs.

Outside their house in the Boston suburb of Dorchester, a single candle burned overnight with the word "peace" scribbled on the sidewalk.

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Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have resulted in at least three dead and scores injured.

Two bombs that contained ball bearings which acted like shrapnel are responsible for the two explosions, which were approximately 10 seconds and 100 yards apart. The race began at 10:00 a.m. and the explosions were reported just before 3:00 p.m., just as masses of runners were approaching the end.

The strength of the explosions caused at least one race participant to collapse. Windows of nearby businesses were blown out and grandstands filled with spectators collapsed. Live coverage showed what appeared to be pools of blood splattered on sidewalks.

A law enforcement official told NBC News one of the fatalities was an eight-year-old boy. Over 170 people were injured, including children. The chief of emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital compared the injuries to military-style bombings in Iraq or Israel. Injuries ranged from simple cuts and bruises to leg amputations. Lower leg injuries, shrapnel wounds, and ruptured eardrums were common.

Laura McLean of Toronto, a runner in the race, told the Associated Press, "There are people who are really, really bloody, they were pulling them into the medical tent." Witnesses described seeing victims' legs blown off and people missing limbs.

Boston Globe reporter Dave Abel told NBC, "When the smoke started to clear, I could see lots of bodies. I could see one woman staring vacantly into the sky. I could see a lot of mangled limbs, a lot of blood and shattered glass. It was probably the most horrific thing I've ever seen."

Runners still in the race were diverted away from the scene. Almost 27,000 people participated from 96 countries. Tens of thousands of spectators come every year.

In contrast to previous reports, no unexploded bombs were found in the area, according to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

A third explosion was also reported at the JFK Library over an hour after the initial blasts, but that appears to have been linked to an unrelated fire. No injuries were reported from that incident. Police are recommending everyone stay indoors and not congregate.

The White House says President Obama and his administration are monitoring the situation. They have been in touch with state and local authorities.

The FBI is in charge of the investigation and served a warrant on an apartment in the Boston suburb Revere. No further details were given. The agency is also appealing for video, audio, or still images from spectators. No arrests have been made.

The FAA ordered a no-fly zone over the explosion site for anything under 3,000 feet in altitude.

Local authorities said people in search of loved ones can call 617-635-4520. Anyone with any information on the blasts is encouraged to call 1-800-494-TIPS.

We will continue to update you with more information as we receive it.

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