By Katie Nelson
Lü Lingzi, the Chinese postgraduate student killed during the Boston Marathon bombings, was remembered by her BU classmates and teachers as being sweet, shy, and exceedingly bright. “We all love her,” said a classmate of Lingzi.
Lü Lingzi, originally from Shenyang, was one of three people killed during the bombings that took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last week. Lingzi was cheering on the runners with her two friends, one of whom was injured and hospitalized, when the two bombs blasted in quick succession.
Even since before her death was officially confirmed on Wednesday, there was an outpouring of grief and condolence on social media and news reports across China.
President Xi Jinping commented on the news of Lingzi’s death, saying that “he was ‘extremely concerned’ and he passed on messages of comfort to the two students’ families, as well as the injured student”.
Lingzi was reportedly well known among classmates in the school of mathematics and statistics where she studied at Boston University.
“She wanted to play a role in international business, specializing in applied mathematics. She has been studying very hard toward her goal. Sadly, it was not to be,” Lingzi’s parents wrote in an open letter addressing their daughter’s death.
Professor Eric Polacheck, one of Lingzi’s teachers and advisors, commented on her intelligence and drive, saying that she had dreams to go back to China as a successful business woman.
“It’s completely senseless […] there’s no rhyme or reason to it,” he said of her death.
“It’s such a waste of all the time and energy and dreams that she had and we’ll never know what she could have done.”
The surviving Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has reportedly regained consciousness and is communicating with US federal investigators in writing, he suffered a bullet wound to the neck during his capture which may mean he will be unable to speak again. The motive for the attack is still unknown.