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Boston Bombing Survivor From Weston Killed In Crash Earns Posthumous Degree

Vic­toria McGrath of Weston and her roommate Priscilla Perez Torres were killed in a car crash in Dubai.
Vic­toria McGrath of Weston and her roommate Priscilla Perez Torres were killed in a car crash in Dubai. Photo Credit: Northeastern University

WESTON, Conn. – Two North­eastern University students who were killed in a car acci­dent last week while trav­eling in Dubai — including a woman from Weston — will be awarded posthu­mous degrees, college Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun announced.

Vic­toria McGrath of Weston and her roommate Priscilla Perez Torres, who were both seniors at Northeastern University, were on a per­sonal trip when the accident occurred. Both were in good aca­d­emic standing and poised to graduate at Northeastern’s commencement in May, Aoun said.

“Before tragedy took them from us, Victoria and Priscilla were well on their way to grad­u­ating this spring,” said Aoun. “Like their class­mates, they earned their degrees through focus and hard work. By pre­senting their diplomas to their fam­i­lies in May, Vic­toria and Priscilla will remain mem­bers of the North­eastern family forever.”

A stu­dent in the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness, McGrath was studying finance, with a minor in inter­na­tional affairs. She was a member of the NU Busi­ness Advi­sory Club and exec­u­tive director of mar­keting for the Finance and Invest­ment Club. A native of Weston, McGrath was injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. She was a 2011 graduate of Weston High School.

Perez Torres, of Puerto Rico, was a biology major in the Col­lege of Sci­ence and worked as a clin­ical research coordinator at New Eng­land Bap­tist Hospital. She was also involved with GlobeMed, a North­eastern stu­dent group that works with an HIV/​AIDS non­profit orga­ni­za­tion in Uganda, and Sci­ence Club for Girls.

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