Boston Marathon bombings

‘A sweet-hearted woman’: Family pays tribute to Chinese victim of marathon blasts

Lu Lingzi was among three people killed in the Boston bombings a week ago

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 April, 2013, 11:05am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 April, 2013, 11:38am

A 23-year-old Boston University graduate student from China killed in the Boston Marathon bombing has been described at her memorial service as a sweet-hearted woman who was passionate about piano, her studies and loving life.

Speakers including Lu Lingzi’s father and her roommate say they will never forget the brightness she brought to their lives.

Hundreds of people including Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick attended Monday night’s service hosted by the university.

Lu, from Shenyang, China, studied statistics at the school. Friends and faculty say she was an exceptional student with a bubbly personality.

Lu was one of three people killed in the bombings a week ago. A funeral was held on Monday morning for another victim, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell.

Boston University has launched a scholarship fund in Lu’s name.

Lu attended a primary school in the Chinese city of Shenyang before being admitted to a highly selective experimental public facility, Northeast Yucai School, where she studied from seventh through 12th grade. About 100 of the 600 graduates annually go to study abroad in countries including Australia, Singapore, Japan, France, Britain and the United States, and the rest usually go to top universities, often in Beijing. Local media said Lu scored the second highest in her class to go to Beijing Institute of Technology.

The memorial service comes as prosecutors charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon bombings in an impromptu hearing.

The 19-year-old ethnic Chechen faces the death penalty if he is convicted.

Video taken by security cameras showed Tsarnaev placing a backpack near the finish line of the race one week ago, the criminal complaint said, alleging he acted in concert with his older brother, who was killed during a shootout with police early on Friday.