The Chinese Embassy in Belgium has announced that one of the 31 people killed in last week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels was a Chinese citizen — a young entrepreneur and traveler.
Deng Jingquan, also known as Frank Deng, 24, founded his own tech company in Shenzhen in 2014, just a couple of years after finishing university.
Last Tuesday, he was en route to the Slovenian capital of Ljublana when he was severely injured by suicide bomber blasts at Brussels Airport.
According to SCMP, Deng’s family and friends traveled to Brussels after they heard the news, arriving on Sunday. Unfortunately, Deng died at a local hospital on Friday.
“We express deep condolences over the death of our Chinese compatriot and strong condemnation on the criminal act of the terrorists,” the Chinese Embassy wrote on its website.
Meanwhile Deng’s pictures and information have been shared widely on Chinese social media. On Weibo, Deng’s colleagues have wrote in, remembering him as a “cheerful, resourceful friend whose face turned red after only a little alcohol,” The New York Times reports:
“A time of life that should have been aflame with vitality has been snuffed out in a terrorist explosion,” read one message. “A personality as spirited as a flying swallow came to its end in a March journey.”