Local connection to Boston Marathon bombing victim

Marathon bombing victim went to U.C. Riverside

POSTED: 11:22 PM PDT Apr 17, 2013 
Boston marathon bombing
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One of the three people killed in the Boston Marathon bombings was a former UC Riverside Extension student from China, campus
officials confirmed Wednesday.

Lu Lingzi, 23, died from injuries suffered in the bomb blasts that ripped through Boylston Street at the finish line of the marathon on Monday.

"The loss of a young person is a terrible tragedy," said UCR Interim Chancellor Jane Close Conoley. "My understanding from those at Extension is
that she was a talented and bright young woman who was going on to great  accomplishments. We are sending our condolences to her family."

Lingzi, who was a graduate student in mathematics at Boston University,
had joined two friends to cheer runners at the marathon's finish line.

A native of Shenyang, in the northeastern region of China, she completed her undergraduate studies at the Beijing Institute of Technology and came to UCR in September 2010, spending three months studying business and math at UCR
Extension as part of a "study abroad" program, campus officials said.

"She was among a group of top students from China, and they got into top graduate schools," said Bronwyn Jenkins-Deas, director of International Education Programs at UCR Extension. "She had already met the language
requirement and so was fluent in English."

Lingzi had been expected to complete her graduate work in 2015.

"We share a kinship in our hearts with every victim whom we'll never have the chance to meet, and with the innocents whose lives have now been riven by tragedy," Conoley said. "This occurrence is, of course, a reminder that we should each watch out for our own community ... I know you all join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to Boston."

None of the two-dozen current Riverside County residents who signed up to run in the marathon was reported injured.