Boston Marathon Bombings Wound Us All

UC Riverside Interim Chancellor Jane Close Conoley says horrific incident is reminder to watch out for each other

Jane Close Conoley

Jane Close Conoley

Dear Friends,

We have learned that the bombings at the Boston Marathon killed three people. One of them, Lu Lingzi, was a 23-year-old graduate student from Boston University. She was also a former UCR Extension student (2010) from the Beijing Institute of Technology. As a visiting student undertaking her study abroad semester, she studied business and math in our University Credit Program before going on to Boston University.

The loss of a young person is a terrible tragedy, and my understanding from those at Extension is that she was a talented and bright young woman who was going on to great accomplishments. We are sending our condolences to her family.

Lu Lingzi was a student at UCR Extension for three months in 2010.

Lu Lingzi was a student at UCR Extension for three months in 2010.

Also, one of our political science professors, Loren Collingwood, ran the Boston Marathon but was fortunately already finished and at the airport before he saw the news of the bombing. We are grateful for his safe return.

We all know people who could have been there — friends, relatives, colleagues. Moreover, we share a kinship in our hearts with every victim whom we’ll never have the chance to meet, and with the innocents whose lives have now been riven by tragedy. This occurrence is, of course, a reminder that we should each watch out for our own community — with the clarity of purpose that avoids malice and stereotypes. I know you all join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to Boston.

Sincerely,

Jane Close Conoley
Interim Chancellor

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