WESTON Conn. -- Victoria McGrath, a 23-year-old college student from Weston who was injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, was killed in a car crash in Dubai with a college classmate, according to Northeastern University.
No further details were released on the crash that killed the two members of the Class of 2016.
“It is with the deepest sadness that I write to inform you that Victoria McGrath and Priscilla Perez Torres have perished in a car accident while traveling overseas," university President Joseph E. Aoun said in a statement.
"Victoria and Priscilla were vibrant, beloved members of our community, and their passing leaves a grievous absence in our community and in our hearts. This is a heartbreaking loss to their families, friends, and to all of us in the Northeastern family,” Aoun said.
“Victoria was from Weston, Connecticut, and survived severe injuries during the Boston Marathon bombing. She was devoted to helping others through leadership in student organizations and community service work.
“Priscilla came to Northeastern from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and was passionate about travel and working on issues related to nutrition and women’s health. Each were kind, talented young women, with exceptional futures before them."
Weston Superintendent Colleen Palmer said the local community is mourning the death of McGrath.
"Our school community is profoundly saddened by the tragic loss of Victoria McGrath," Palmer said in a statement Monday. "Victoria graduated from Weston High School in 2011, and she was a compassionate, accomplished, and worldly young woman. Our thoughts are with Victoria’s family and friends, and we offer them our deepest condolences."
Aoun said Northeastern University was offering support, counseling and other resources for those needing help from the Office of Student Affairs at 617-373-4384, firstname.lastname@example.org and the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service, at 617-373-2728 and email@example.com.
"May we all join together in sympathy and heartfelt support for the McGrath and Perez Torres families, and for Victoria’s and Priscilla’s friends and classmates," he said. "Victoria and Priscilla touched many of our lives, and we will miss them terribly. Our prayers are with their families and loved ones."
McGrath suffered leg injuries in the bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Photos of her being rescued and carried from the scene by a first responder became iconic moments of that event. Rescuers tied a tourniquet on her leg, stemming the bleeding from her injuries.
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