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Family of NU student killed in Dubai crash speaks out

Victoria McGrath, who was injured in the Marathon bombings, and Priscilla Perez Torres were killed over the weekend in a car accident in Dubai.
Victoria McGrath, who was injured in the Marathon bombings, and Priscilla Perez Torres were killed over the weekend in a car accident in Dubai. Family handout

The family of Victoria McGrath on Tuesday urged those mourning her death to respond as she would have: “with determination, humility, and not a single note of bitterness.”

McGrath, 23, who had survived injuries suffered in the Boston Marathon bombing, died this weekend in a car accident in Dubai. Her roommate at Northeastern University, Priscilla Perez Torres, also died in the crash.

In a statement distributed by Northeastern, McGrath’s parents, Jill and Jim McGrath, described the example set by their daughter during her recovery after the Marathon attack — and throughout her life.

“There are any number of ways that one can respond to tragedy, and the majority of the options can be destructive,” the parents wrote, adding that Victoria taught those around her to instead muster their resolve and move forward.

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“Let us gather our grief and understand what it truly is — a transmutation of our love for Victoria — and let that understanding motivate us to be constructive as we eventually emerge from this tragedy,” the parents wrote. The parents asked that mourners make donations to Four Block, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans transitioning to the civilian workplace.

“Victoria’s faith is strong and on display each day. Her faith is true, which is why we can rest assured that she is in Heaven now with our Lord God,” they wrote. “This is a great source of comfort — to know that we did not say ‘good-bye’ but rather ‘we will meet again.’ ”


Andy Rosen can be reached at andrew.rosen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @andyrosen.