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Chinese Microbloggers Mourn Chinese Graduate Killed In Boston Bombing

Zhao Chen, Xueqiao Ma |
April 16, 2013 | 11:52 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporters

Boston Bombings / Flickr
Boston Bombings / Flickr
Microbloggers on Weibo, a Chinese Twitter-like platform, mourned Tuesday over the death of a graduate student from China studying at Boston University. She died in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings on Monday.

"It is the saddest news I have ever heard these days. So young a girl. She should have a bright future. May she rest in peace," one micro blogger said.

"When I first heard the news, I was like, 'what? again? terrorist attack?', but when I heard one Chinese student was killed, I was indeed shocked. Life is so precious," said Chao Tong, a graduate student in China.

Some media outlets identified the deceased student by name and photo both on their Weibo feeds and their websites. However, upon the victim's family's request, most media outlets have deleted her personal information from their original Weibo feeds. And in response, more and more micro bloggers are calling for news agencies and Weibo users to not release the victim's name and picture for her family's console.

"Facing such a sorrowful accident, nothing we do can soften the sorrow the family feels. But at least, we can try to not tear the family apart by splattering their beloved daughter's name and pictures all over the place, " one micro blogger said.

Meanwhile, some Chinese students who plan to study in U.S. said they feel all the more hesitant after the latest tragedy.

"My father told me he is very worried about sending me to U.S. after hearing the news, as if I were the one killed in the Boston bombing,"said Huan Luo, a senior student who is planing to study overseas.

Some people who have personally known the victim said they feel so sorry for what her parents have gone through during "the darkest days of their life."

"I didn't teach her before, but I heard that she was an excellent girl. It was so pity. How could her parents bear such a tragedy? " said Weiguo Zhang, a physical education teacher in Yucai Middle School in northeastern China, where the slain Chinese student spent her middle school years.

Boston University told South China Morning Post the victim was killed by the blasts when watching the Marathon race near the finishing line with two of her friends.

One of her accompanying friends Zhou Danling, another Chinese graduate student at Boston University, was injured and is now in stable condition at Boston Medical Center after hours of slipping into a coma, according to People's Daily.

The third student was unharmed.

According to South China Morning Post, 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.


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