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Family of BU student killed in bombings issues statement

This undated photo shows Lingzi Lu in Boston.

Meixu Lu via AP

This undated photo shows Lingzi Lu in Boston.

The family of Lingzi Lu, the Boston University graduate student killed in Monday's Marathon bombings, has issued a statement saying she loved Boston and its people.

Posted on the BU Today website, the family said they "are grieving and at a loss for words to describe the pain and sadness we are experiencing.''

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"It has always been her dream to come to America to study. While she was here, she fell in love with Boston and its people. She loved her new friends and her professors 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,'' the family statement said.

Lu, 23, was from the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang.

She enrolled at BU in fall 2012 after studying economics at the Beijing Institute of Technology.

The blasts also killed Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester, and Krystle ­Campbell, 29, of Arlington.

Boston University has established a scholarship fund honoring Lu. A university official said her name is also rendered as LU Lingzi, according to the family.

Here is a full copy of the family statement, posted on BU Today.

"We are grieving and at a loss for words to describe the pain and sadness we are experiencing following the sudden passing of our dear daughter, Lingzi. She was the joy of our lives. She was a bright and wonderful child. We were thrilled to watch her grow into an intelligent and beautiful young woman. She was a positive role model for many others.

"It has always been her dream to come to America to study. While she was here, she fell in love with Boston and its people. She loved her new friends and her professors 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.

While her dream has not been realized, we want to encourage others who have Lingzi’s ambition and dreams, and want to make the world a better place, to continue moving forward.

We are grateful and thankful for the assistance we have received from the Chinese government, the U.S. State Department, Boston Police Department, Boston University, and so many others. Your kindness will always be in our thoughts and memories of how you reached out selflessly to us during the darkest hour of our lives. We understand the work of the media, too, and ask them to please respect our wish for privacy at this difficult time.

We are also humbled by the compassion, caring and love we have received from people all over the world. We wish to thank each of you for your prayers and for thinking of our daughter. Thank you for sharing your memories of her, your love for her, and your good wishes to our family.

Also, we wish to extend our thoughts, prayers and sympathy to the other victims of this tragedy and to their families.

We hope that everyone who knew Lingzi, and experienced the positive spirit and joy she had, will help carry on her spirit. We hope that everyone who has now heard about Lingzi will keep a memory of her in their hearts.''

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