The third victim who died in the Boston Marathon bombings was identified as a Chinese citizen and a student at Boston University, the Chinese Consulate in New York said .
Boston University has confirmed  that one of its graduate students was killed by the blasts without identifying the victim. The family has asked that the name of the victim not be disclosed, the Chinese consulate said in a statement .
Several media outlets have identified the victim as Lu Lingzi, from Shenyang, Liaoning, and a graduate of the Beijing Institute of Technology.
An editor at the Shenyang Evening News said Lu’s father confirmed his daughter’s death when reporters visited the family home.
Over the last hours, thousands of condolence messages have been posted on the reported victim's Sina Weibo microblog .
The Chinese victim is one of three people killed by the twin blasts. The other two are eight-year-old Martin Richards and Krystle Campbell, 29, both from Boston. More than 170 people were injured; some remain in critical condition.
The third victim was one of three friends at Boston University who "watched the race near the finish line", the university said.
Among the three friends was Zhou Danling, another Chinese graduate student at Boston University, who was injured and is now in stable condition at Boston Medical Center. Zhou was previously reported to be in a coma, according to news reports.
The third person was unharmed.
A team led by deputy consul general Zhong Ruiming of the Chinese Consulate General in New York was in Boston to investigate the situation and assist relatives of the victims, the consulate said in a statement.
Additional reporting by the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse