James Costello, Boston Marathon Bombing Victim, Proposes to Nurse He Met in Rehab

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
December 16, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

James Costello, a Boston Marathon bombing victim, has proposed to Krista D’Agostino, who he met while rehabbing severe burns on his arm and leg.

Costello, 31, was pictured after the bombing in shredded pants; his body was so burned that he needed pig skin grafts on most of his right arm and leg.

After about two weeks at Massachusetts General Hospital, he was transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, reported WCVB.



(AP Photo/The Daily Free Press, Kenshin Okubo; (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

“A few days later I saw a nurse in passing, this would turn out to be Krista, who had shared a few mutual friends, but we had never crossed paths before,” he wrote on Facebook. “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.”

The pair are spending some of December in Europe with other victims and first responders of the tragedy.

Costello decided to propose in Lyon in France.

“I’m happy to announce that we will spend the rest of our lives together,” he said. “I now realized why I was involved in the tragedy. It was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life.”


Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.