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BU Student Remembered As 'Bright, Intelligent, Beautiful'

Boston University student Lingzi Lu died in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, but her family and her university are hopeful her memory can inspire others.

Lingzi Lu’s family remembers her as the “joy of [their] lives,” an ambitious young woman, full of dreams and hopes and love for her friends and family.

An outpouring of comments on various articles remembers her as an “amazing girl,” with a “beautiful smile.”

All that spirit, all that life, was cut tragically short Monday, April 15, when Lu, 23, was killed in the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, a terrorist act that also claimed the lives of 8-year-old Martin Richard of Dorchester, and 29-year-old Krystle ­Campbell, of Medford. 

In an open letter, Lu’s family said Lu "was a bright and wonderful child."

"We were thrilled to watch her grow into an intelligent and beautiful young woman," the letter reads. "She was a positive role model for many others."

It was her dream to study in the United States, according to the letter. She was realizing that dream as a graduate student at Boston University where she was studying statistics, according to her LinkedIn profile.

“She wanted to play a role in international business, specializing in applied mathematics,” the letter reads. “She has been studying very hard toward her goal. Sadly, it was not to be.”

In her short 23 years, according to the Boston Herald, Lu worked passionately to achieve her goals, pursuing academic excellence at a competitive high school in her home city of Shenyang, China, before attending the Beijing Institute of Technology on her way to BU.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Lu had already made connections with such prestigious firms as Deloitte, where she worked as a manager assistant in late 2011, and the Bank of China, where she interned in the summer of 2010.

Tasso Kaper, chairman of mathematics and statistics, told the Boston Globe that Lu was a "very smart student" and a "very bright young scientist."

“It’s a tragic loss for us,” Kaper told the Globe, going on to explain that Lu was talkative and tightly connected to a few close friends.

“She was really the spokesman of the group,” Kaper told the Globe. “The word bubbly maybe is kind of a corny word, but, yeah, that’s what describes her.”

And she loved the city of Boston, according to her family.

“While she was here, she fell in love with Boston and its people. She loved her new friends and her professors at Boston University.” 

Her story and her life have brought thousands to a Facebook page dedicated to her memory, which had nearly 7,800 Likes as of Saturday morning.

Lu’s family is hopeful that her life can serve as an example and encouragement to others as they pursue their own dreams.

“We hope that everyone who knew Lingzi, and experienced the positive spirit and joy she had, will help carry on her spirit,” the letter reads. “We hope that everyone who has now heard about Lingzi will keep a memory of her in their hearts.”

For their part, Boston University has already taken steps to carry on Lu’s memory at the school, acting quickly to endow a memorial a scholarship in her name. 

In an article in BU Today, university trustee Kenneth Feld, who proposed the scholarship at a Wednesday meeting of the executive committee of the Campaign for BU, explained that the scholarship was “A fitting tribute and the right thing to do.”

By the time the meeting adjourned Wednesday, trustees had committed $560,000 to the fund.

“While her dream has not been realized, we want to encourage others who have Lingzi’s ambition and dreams, and want to make the world a better place, to continue moving forward,” her family says. 

Boston University has scheduled a memorial service for Lu on Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the George Sherman Union Metcalf Ballroom. The service is open to the public, but seating will be first-come, first-served.

jane do April 20, 2013 at 09:42 PM
How can we adequately express our sorrow to the family and friends of this dear dear child? I am so sorry that we, as a nation, could not protect this "hope for the future." All of American grieves with you and we ask your forgiveness for our failure to send her home to you alive and well. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to know her and count her among our students. May you be comforted knowing that we share your loss.
Linda April 20, 2013 at 10:19 PM
I never knew your daughter, and I have no connections to Boston University, but I want you to know that i weep for the loss of your beautiful daughter. Grief comes in like waves crashing on the shore, only to move away for awhile. May you find peace and may your hearts heal with the passing of time. Please accept my sincerest condolences.
colleen April 21, 2013 at 12:03 AM
I am so sorry for your loss...this is heartbreaking. she sounds like an awesome daughter and I can only hope there is a reason for this evil act beyond hatred... beautiful girl so sad!! Bless you and I hope you're memories will ease your pain.
alyce martin April 21, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Loss is truly universal and yours is deeply felt both as a nation and as her individuals. Bless you and your family.
Barbara Walter April 21, 2013 at 01:50 AM
I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter our prays are with you and your family and may all her memory's help you through your sorrow may god bless you all
Donna Richardson April 21, 2013 at 02:02 AM
So sorry for your loss. I pray you will heal with time and you will always have her memories in your heart.
Jack Thomas April 21, 2013 at 02:47 AM
Words cannot express the feelings of helplessness that so many have gone through in the last week. Lives have been lost, lives have been shattered and will never ever be the same. The loss of your daughter will never be forgotten by all of us. Bless your family.
doug April 21, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Thank you familly of Lingzi Lu for helping to form a special person such as Lingzi. We won't forget. Her memory and spirit are with us.
James Loiacono April 21, 2013 at 03:31 AM
As in any death, but particularly under such horrifying circumstances, there is always something poignant what we miss, something unique in the tragedy. Lingzi was most likely her Mom and Dad's only child, and their hearts will feel a woeful emptiness to have lost this only beautiful child they loved so much. I've been to China three times for university conferences and was always impressed and touched by the warmth, openness and goodness of the students. Lingzi fits that profile. I've seen this in the Washington, D.C. in Mandarin and Cantonese communities. It seems to me that all fundamentalism of whatever stripe, right or left, religious or non-religious, shows contempt for the gift each unique human human person is, and, if they can't force us into submission, if we refuse to clothe ourselves in their ideological burqah or chadur, they'll persecute or kill the threat. Imagine, they don't think of themselves as the threat; rather they see their unsuspecting vicitms, like Lingzi Crystal and and 8 yrs old Martin, as the threat. When Lingzi´s parents named her, they combined two words they felt would define her character, ling and zi; we can't know from the English transliteration and without the Chinese characters, but I think they named her "agile or clever and young," or perhaps "spirit or soul which is young." Both would seem to fit Ms. Lu. If only we could see each human person in this unique giftedness and personal character.
elvira walker April 22, 2013 at 01:04 AM
I pray that the Lord up above will give peace and comfort to the family of this beautiful young lady, that is gone way too soon. I pray that one day you will be able to smile again, without the pain of loss.

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