Parents of Boston University graduate student Lu Lingzi, the third victim to die in last week’s marathon bombings, said it still pains them to think of the death of their only child.
The 23-year-old Lu, a graduate student of mathematical finance at Boston University, was at the marathon with friends to cheer on runners near the finish line when she was killed.
Lu Lingzi was one of three people who died in the bombings. A memorial service was held at Boston University on Tuesday to remember the young woman.
“When the (Chinese) consulate notified us to confirm Lingzi’s death, both my wife and I went to pieces,” Lingzi’s father Lu Jun said on Monday in an interview in Boston.
Lu Jun and his wife Meng Ling, who are in the United States to claim their daughter’s body, initially did not want to disclose the name of their daughter, but later authorized Boston University to do so.
“It was too much for us to (hear people) refer to Lu Lingzi as a victim who had been killed, so we decided that we would seal our lips (for the sake of her grandparents) and see how it goes,” Lu Jun said.
The family is from Shenyang, one of the largest cities in northeast China. Lingzi attended the prestigious Northeast Yucai School, then studied at Beijing Institute of Technology, both on scholarship.
The family had saved their income so their daughter could study at Boston University, where the tuition for a graduate degree in mathematical finance is a staggering 60,888 dollars, media reports calculate.
“Our family had done all we could to support the kid study in the U.S. We poured all our love on our daughter,” said the father, while Lingzi’s mother was choking with sobs.
“We’d love to thank all the media for your concern, and we also appreciate your cooperation when we didn’t want to make Lingzi’s death public. You were helping her in another way.”
Meanwhile, China’s New York consulate confirmed that Zhou Danling, another Boston University student who was critically injured in the bombings, was recovering at Boston Medical Center.
“I visited Zhou Danling yesterday afternoon. In each of my four visits, she had shown a better recovery than the last time. Yesterday she was starting to practice walking and she seemed doing fine,” said Zhong Ruiming, deputy consul general from China’s New York consulate.
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