Former UC Riverside Extension Student Killed in Boston Bombings

Lu Lingzi was a top student from China who spent three months in a Riverside program

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The third person killed in the bombings at the Boston Marathon Monday was Lu Lingzi, a 23-year-old graduate student from Boston University.  She was also a former UC Riverside Extension student.

She graduated from the Beijing Institute of Technology and came to Riverside for three months starting in September, 2010 as a visiting student undertaking her study abroad semester. She studied business and math in the UCR Extension  “University Credit Program” before going on to Boston University.

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. (a photo she posted on social media.)

“The loss of a young person is a terrible tragedy,” said UCR’s Interim Chancellor Jane Close Conoley. “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.”

The University Credit Program at UC Riverside Extension is a three month program. Her classes would have been at Extension and on the main campus, including a math course and a business course.

“She was among a group of top students from China, and they got into top graduate schools,” said Bronwyn Jenkins-Deas, director of International Education Programs at UCR Extension. “She had already met the language requirement and so was fluent in English.”

Among her class from that quarter, one student went to Cornell, one to Harvard and several to Boston University.  A study abroad experience is a competitive advantage for young people from China wanting to go to graduate school in the U.S., said Jenkins-Deas.

UCR Interim Chancellor Conoley said: “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,” said. “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.”

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