On Sunday, Boston University graduate student Lingzi Lu learned she had passed the first half of the major exam required for her statistics degree, and dashed off an elated e-mail to a professor.
“I am so happy to get this result!” she wrote. Faculty brimmed with pride for the bubbly young scholar, said Tasso Kaper, chairman of mathematics and statistics.
The next day, Lu headed out into the sunshine with her friends near the Boston Marathon finish line; she never came back.
Boston University confirmed Wednesday that Lu, 23, who was from the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang, was the third victim of the bombings and the last to be identified. The blasts also killed Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester, and Krystle Campbell, 29, of Arlington.
Lu’s friends recalled her as a kind young woman with a passion for music who hoped to find love in America. She was enchanted by Boston — particularly the grandeur of spring — and recently wrote on Twitter, “I love the Charles River at night!”
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