Du Yijun was one of many university students who headed to Shanghai’s Chen Yi Square for the New Year countdown, but she did not survive to see in 2015. The 20-year-old second-year student from prestigious Fudan University lost her life when celebration turned to disaster. Du hailed from Yunnan province and was studying at Fudan’s school of social development and public policy. She was the chairwoman of the university’s Yanxi Han clothing association, a student body to promote traditional Chinese costumes. According to classmates’ posts on the social network Renren.com, Du went to the square with her boyfriend. The boyfriend called a roommate after the stampede to say he couldn’t find Du. Mainland media reports said Du was pronounced dead at Huangpu District Central Hospital. Her parents had been informed and would fly to Shanghai as soon as possible, reports said. Du’s classmates and friends offered their condolences at an online memorial service set up for the woman. The Ministry of Education also used its microblog to offer its sympathies to student victims of the stampede. Another student, from Shanghai University’s graduate school, was in a coma after being severely injured in the incident. Shanghai University urged students who attended the countdown to contact the school and their families. People’s Daily said the two universities were trying to find out whether other students were involved in the incident. Some parents waiting at emergency rooms at Shanghai No 1 People’s Hospital were collecting details on missing relatives and creating a mobile contact group so they could exchange information. Several university students from Jiangxi province said they had been to several hospitals in search of two of their women classmates but had not been able to find them.