When Tragedy Leads to Lifelong Love

Some would say James Costello was in the wrong place at the wrong time on April 15, 2013 when the Boston Marathon bombing occurred. Costello suffered serious burns on his legs when the explosive happened and metal sharpnel ripped through the crowd.

Costello was the subject of one of the most widely viewed images in the wake of the blast. A photographer captured him staggering through the streets with his clothes shredded and his legs burned.

Photo Credit: Kenshin Okubo / AP
Photo Credit: Kenshin Okubo / AP

But for Costello, the Boston Marathon Bombing was life-changing on another level. According to NBC News:

James Costello, 31, of Malden, Mass., has proposed to Krista D’Agostino, a nurse he met during his recovery after suffering serious burns on his arms and legs in the explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15.

On his Facebook page, he wrote:

“As you all know, April 15th was one of the worst days of my life, suffering not only physical injuries of my own but the emotional difficulties when I learned about my friends,” Costello wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. “I soon wondered why and for what reason this had happened.”

James Costello dating
James Costello and Krista D’Agostino (Facebook)

“A couple weeks later I was transferred to Spaulding Hospital, where I was able to see my friends starting to heal, but still wondered what good could come from this tragedy,” Costello wrote on Facebook. “A few days later I saw a nurse in passing, this would turn out to be Krista [D’Agostino], who had shared a few mutual friends, but we had never crossed paths before. After sharing a handful of conversations I realized not only how beautiful she was but also what a kind heart she had. I somehow convinced her to attend a benefit with me, which turned into a few dates, which turned into a few inseparable months.”

According to NBC, “Costello popped the question during a 10-day trip to France that the pair are now enjoying as part of an all-expenses-paid “Heroes Cruise” with first responders and other victims of the bombing.”

James Costello engagement
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“I now realized why I was involved in the tragedy. It was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life. Eight months later I’m happy to announce that we will spend the rest of our lives together.” James Costello (via NBC News and his Facebook page)

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