The third fatality of the Boston Marathon bombings has been identified by a state-run newspaper in China as Lu Lingzi, a Boston University graduate student.
Associated Press is reporting the state-run Shenyang Evening News has identified Lu, a female Chinese national, as the third victim of Monday's terror attack. On Tuesday, 8-year-old Martin Richard and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, both of Massachusetts, were identified as two of the three victims killed in the explosions.
Lu, from the city of Shenyang, located in the Liaoning Province in Northeast China, studied statistics at BU. Her father confirmed her death to the Shenyang Evening News, notes AP.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Chinese Consulate confirmed a Chinese citizen was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday. In the statement, the consulate said, “The Consulate General of the People's Republic of China confirms that one Chinese citizen was unfortunately killed in the Boston Marathon Bombing on April 15, 2013. At the request of her family, the victim's personal information will not be disclosed. Another Chinese citizen is among the injured and is in stable condition now after surgery.” The Consulate said in the statement, “Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy.”
AP and other media have reached out to family and friends of Lu, but they declined to comment on her death. Before the bombing on Monday, Lu had updated her blog on Sina Weibo with a photo of her at breakfast. After being identified as the third victim, more than 14,000 comments were left on the photo, offering condolences.
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Lu was watching the Boston Marathon with her friend Zhou Danling, who was severely injured in the bombing and is now recovering at Boston Medical Center. Speaking to Daily Mail before Lu’s death was confirmed, her friend Li Luquan said, “She's my best friend, I miss her so much. We were roommates for two years at university in China. All her friends here miss her very much,” she said. “Nobody knows where she is.”