Even as a young girl, Lingzi Lu charted an ambitious path, imagining a life filled with adventure and faraway places. Growing up in northeast China, she set her sights on studying in the United States, a goal she pursued with clear-eyed focus.
“She was a dreamer,” said her aunt, Helen Zhao. “She was very driven, and wanted to experience life.”
That yearning took Lu to Boston University, where she excelled in her studies and fell in love with her new home. When she was killed last April in the Boston Marathon bombings, the 23-year-old had just passed a major statistics exam and had applied for internships with an eye on a career in international business. Goals she had worked toward for years were within reach, and a bright future stretched out before her.
“Her life was ready to take off,” Zhao said. “She wanted to do something big.”
As the anniversary of the bombings nears, Lu’s family has created a foundation in her name, in hopes of helping other adventurous, ambitious students chase their dreams. The Lingzi Foundation will provide scholarships and support organizations that share her passions and ideals, the family said.
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