• Vigil held for couple killed in Back Bay crash


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Community members gathered on Beacon Street for a vigil Wednesday night, still in shock days after Jessica Campbell and John Lanzillotti were hit and killed by a car while walking home from the Esplanade this past weekend.

    Beacon Street was unusually quiet as co-workers and friends of the young couple stood Wednesday, still just trying to process what had happened.

    A 26-year-old unlicensed driver is accused of running a red light, then crashing into another car which slammed into Campbell and Lanzillotti, killing both of them around 9 p.m. Saturday night. But that alleged driver, Ghuzlan Alghazali, 26, of Allston, was released from custody and her arraignment was postponed indefinitely due to conflicting information about whether she or her husband were in control of the car.

    Marion Emslie says she lost her teenage daughter in a similar tragedy more than 15 years ago and she attended Wednesday night's vigil to push for the suspects to be charged and prosecuted to the fullest.

    When asked what she thought about the dropped charges, Emslie said, "It's outrageous. It's outrageous. It was either the man or the woman and they both should be held."

    And while there will be time for advocacy, right now friends of the couple are focused on remembering Campbell, a retail analyst and Lanzillotti, a production manager for the Red Sox, for the fun loving people they were.

    One of Campbell's co-workers said she was witty and her boyfriend was dry, so together they made a perfect match.

    "Nice gentleman, nice guy and they loved each other very much. You could see that," Campbell's co-worker said.

    A woman who met Lanzillotti on a jury panel a few years ago came out to honor him, too. She said he had made that much of an impression on her as an intelligent man who cared about this community, having grown up in Shrewsbury. Neighbors had a meeting with police Wednesday regarding what could be done to slow cars down on Beacon Street, as speeding is an issue.

    Calling hours for Lanzillotti will be on Thursday, June 26, from 3 to 8 p.m., in the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel located at 370 Plantation St., Worcester. His funeral will be held Friday, June 27, at noon, at St. Anne’s Church located at 130 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury. Attendants are asked to go directly to the church. Burial will follow the church service at Mountain View Cemetery.

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