04/18/2013, 00.00
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Dorothy Lu Lingzi's dreams end at the Boston Marathon

After graduating in Beijing, she had arrived in Boston last September. Together with two other friends, she had gone to see the marathon. Lu died, one of her friends was badly injured, and the third was unharmed.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews/Agencies) - The authorities announced that one of the people killed at Monday's Boston Marathon bombings was from China, Dorothy Lu Lingzi, a brilliant rising mathematician, who only arrived in the United States last year hoping to graduate in statistics from Boston University and land a job as a financial analyst. Her dream ended on the day of the race when she and two other students, Zhou Danling and Qian Tingting, went to watch the event. Lu was killed; Zhou was injured and is in the hospital, undergoing surgery; the third, Qian, was miraculously unharmed.

Friends and teachers remember Lu as a bright and lively young student, with leadership skills. On the morning of the marathon, she had posted a photograph on the Chinese social-media site Weibo of her meal of bread and vegetables in a ceramic bowl, calling it "my wonderful breakfast" (pictured). On her Facebook profile, she said she loved very much the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Lu went to school in Shenyang (Liaoning), and then earned a degree in economics and international trade at Beijing Institute of Technology.

In 2010, she went to the University of California at Riverside for three months to boost her chances of getting a place in a graduate programme.

Last September, she was able to get into Boston University for a master in mathematics and statistics. She was one course short before completing her statistics programme.

Chinese students at Boston University were in front of the Marsh Chapel yesterday, gathering signatures and condolences from other students on a card to send to Lu's family.

Theology student Meghan Nelson left a pair of running shoes, flowers and a university key chain in front of a memorial to Martin Luther King as a tribute to the killed student.

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