“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

I have never seen a city come together in the way that Boston has during this past year. Cowards thought they could break us, but they proved to have greatly underestimated the pride and compassion that links the people of Boston together. We’re a stronger city now. Heroism takes true form in the first responders, civilians, and runners who after running 26.2 miles ran 2 more to donate blood for victims. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Krystle Campbell, Sean Collier, Lu Lingzi, and Martin Richard. My heart is as heavy today as it was when I stood there and took these pictures last year. I am so proud to call Boston my home today and everyday. One year stronger.

“For a woman, a PhD is well worth the toil. If you graduate, you earn a degree; if you don’t, you’ve honed a sturdy inconquerable soul. If you find a mate along the way, congrats on finding a man who tolerates your madness; if you don’t, I congratulate you for walking a path where men need not follow.” — Lu Lingzi  (x)
After Massive Online Search For Lu Lingzi, Chinese Netizens Express Grief

“She died in America, and that’s why we know her name.” Friends and family use Chinese social media to try and find the third victim of the Boston bombings, and then to mourn her.

(Translations of website screencaps in BuzzFeed’s words.)

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According to China’s IFeng News, Lu Lingzi’s parents anxiously waited for their daughter to call home after the Boston Marathon explosions. They learned from TV reports that another Chinese student had been injured, and they asked local media to use Weibo (a Twitter-like microblogging site) to contact Lu’s Boston roommate. They also asked a family friend in the US to drive to Boston.

Amidst the chaos of rumors and erroneous reports, Lu’s roommate published this on her Weibo. Another BU friend provided a photo.

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The BU Chinese Students Association searched every hospital, and urged anyone with news of Lu’s whereabouts to contact them or the Chinese Consulate. According to IBTimes China, 369 people immediately reposted search details on RenRen.

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Though Lu lived abroad, Chinese net users joined the efforts to find her. Lu became the most searched Weibo tag, as was the term #紧急寻人 (emergency search for person), an oft-used Weibo tag for locating the missing.

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When IFeng News confirmed Lu’s death, tens of thousands of Chinese citizens left notes of grief on her last Weibo post:

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Networks for her former high school and college welled with sympathy.

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Many mourned the recent spat of Chinese student deaths.

In March, a USC student died as a passenger in a car crash (the driver is being held on bail). In the past days, 3 other college students have died in tragic accidents and altercations.

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While some decried IFeng News’ outing of the victim’s name, others worried about how the death would’ve been covered up domestically.

This post was reposted widely on Twitter and Weibo:

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Her alma mater’s (Beijing IT’s) Weibo urged America to find the perpetrator as soon as possible.

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The BU Chinese Student’s Association issued this statement on Weibo after the search’s tragic conclusion:

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Her last message on her RenRen microblogging profile, which many have been sharing:

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Rest in peace, Lu Lingzi.

I am not an American.

But I have become as fond of America as I am my home country and I believe in it.

Everyone involved in the investigation of the Boston bombing – the FBI, Boston police, state police, anyone who was able to provide even the smallest bit of information to authorities – all contributed to finding the suspect a mere four days after the disaster occurred.

If this man is innocent, I trust you will find proof of his innocence. Iif he is guilty, I trust you will find proof of his guilt and mete out just punishment.

Investigative organizations at every level have made quick work of this and I cannot express how relieved I am. Thank you for your work here at home.

Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard and Krystle Campbell, R.I.P.

their names and faces might not be known, but their killers names and faces are. These four individuals’ death came from the result of the Boston Marathon Bombing on April 15, 2013.Here are their names and bits of facts:(sorry about the sudden boldness throught half the post,. I have no no idea what happened :O )


Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lu Lingzi and Officer Sean Collier.

Krystle Campbell: 29 year old nurse who lived in arlington, Mass. She cared for her ailing grandmother and ran the marathon every year. She wan animal lover too.

Martin Richard: 8 years old. Was waiting at the finish line for his father so he could give him a hug.His mother was injured and is currently undergoing  surgery for brain injury. His 6 year old sister , who was near him, lost her leg.

Lu Lingzi (not sure if Lu is her first or last name): 23 year old from China (looks like a kpop artist to me ) She was a Boston Graduate Student. She also went to Northeast Yucai School in Shenyang, China. She got her bachelors degree from Beijing institute of technology. This was her final picture before the race :

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Sean Collier: did not die from the result of the bomber but from the hands of one of the bombers. Died from multiple gunshot wounds after a shoot out with one of the bombers. He was popular at the MIT campus. I believe his shot killed one of the bombers.His brother is a NASCAR team employee. He was born to be a cop.

(sorry I dont have more) But learn the victims instead of the suspects!

“Before, some of our countrymen were asking why we should mourn for victims on the other side of the globe. Then we learned that one of the three killed in the Boston bombing is one of our own. Today, Boston University is holding a memorial service for Chinese student Lü Lingzi. As we light a candle for the 23-year-old victim, please also light two more for eight-year-old Martin Richard and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell. Our names are not the same, but our souls all have the same weight.” (@许文广)

Drawing the News: Tributes, Tears, and Tricks

BU Says Goodbye to Lu Lingzi

“She’d relax during school breaks by reading romance novels and love stories, her father recalled. He cited an ancient Chinese proverb: “‘Every child is actually a little Buddha that helps their parents mature and grow up.’…We as parents admire and appreciate her kindness, courage, and her yearning for a beautiful life.” At the memorial’s end, the family stood in the front row and bowed to the audience.”

How China’s Grieving Parents Are Creating A New Web Culture

“When friends ask about my son, I say he’s studying abroad and change the subject,” a man nicknamed Ordinary Guy wrote on a Chinese forum for grieving parents. “Nowadays I avoid everyone I used to know. I decline my friends’ children’s wedding invites, and I come to websites like this to find others who understand my suffering.”

“When I buried [my daughter] Di-er,” a woman said to China’s Phoenix TV, “I buried my motherhood along with her.”

Among Chinese parents too old to have more children, there’s a special grief to losing an only son or daughter. They’re called shidu — “those who’ve lost their only” — and the Chinese media hesitates less and less to call them victims of 1979’s one-child policy, which was designed to stall a population explosion, but whose cultural consequences are just now becoming clear. Sina News reports that 760,000 families lose their only child every year. They not only mourn a loved one, but also their lone source of companionship and economic support in old age. Compounding the economic hardship is the fact that the state mandates a retirement age of 60 for men and 55 for women.

Only when 80 bereft parents marched to Beijing’s Family Planning Commission in the summer of 2012 did this group begin to receive national attention in China — and with it, official haste in increasing their pensions and prioritizing them on adoption wait lists. Chinese reports of graduate student Lu Lingzi’s death at the Boston Marathon bombings (as well as other Chinese student casualties in recent weeks) focus heavily on their only-child status. Shidu grief also colors the public outrage over the shoddy school constructions that left hundreds of children dead in the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. When an only child dies in China, millions of other families sympathize.

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Photo: Shidu parents holding a picture of their late son. © 

Lu Lingzi Scholarship Fund

“The attack on the Boston Marathon tragically took the life of three race spectators. One of them was LU Lingzi, a graduate student at Boston University (GRS'14).

Lingzi was a beloved member of the BU community. An optimist with a powerful work ethic, she had just passed the first part of the master’s comprehensive exam in statistics—an accomplishment that gave her great satisfaction. Along with her friends and family, we grieve at her passing.

Boston University is determined to keep Lingzi’s memory and example alive. Toward that end, and in conformance with the wishes of her family, the Trustees of the University have voted to establish the LU Lingzi Scholarship Fund. Members of the Board of Trustees collectively have made contributions in excess of $560,000 to the fund.”

Donate to the scholarship fund here:

Boston Remembers Marathon Victim Lu Lingzi, Chinese Graduate Student

Lu Lingzi was one of the three victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Lingzi was a 23-year-old Boston University graduate student studying mathematics and statistics. She was a Chinese national who came to America to continue her education. Lingzi was watching the marathon with her friends when the bombs detonated at the finish line. The bombings claimed two other lives, 8-year-old Martin Richard and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell. Support has poured out from all over the United States, as well as from Lingzi’s home country of China, in the wake of this tragedy.