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Letter from the Family of Lu Lingzi


Editor’s note: A memorial service for Lu Lingzi will be held on Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the George Sherman Union Metcalf Ballroom beginning at 7 p.m. The service is open to the public, but seating is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

We are grieving and at a loss for words to describe the pain and sadness we are experiencing following the sudden passing of our dear daughter, Lingzi. She was the joy of our lives. She was a bright and wonderful child. We were thrilled to watch her grow into an intelligent and beautiful young woman. She was a positive role model for many others.

It has always been her dream to come to America to study. While she was here, she fell in love with Boston and its people. She loved her new friends and her professors at Boston University. She wanted to play a role in international business, specializing in applied mathematics. She has been studying very hard toward her goal. Sadly, it was not to be.

While her dream has not been realized, we want to encourage others who have Lingzi’s ambition and dreams, and want to make the world a better place, to continue moving forward.

We are grateful and thankful for the assistance we have received from the Chinese government, the U.S. State Department, Boston Police Department, Boston University, and so many others. Your kindness will always be in our thoughts and memories of how you reached out selflessly to us during the darkest hour of our lives. We understand the work of the media, too, and ask them to please respect our wish for privacy at this difficult time.

We are also humbled by the compassion, caring and love we have received from people all over the world. We wish to thank each of you for your prayers and for thinking of our daughter. Thank you for sharing your memories of her, your love for her, and your good wishes to our family.

Also, we wish to extend our thoughts, prayers and sympathy to the other victims of this tragedy and to their families.

We hope that everyone who knew Lingzi, and experienced the positive spirit and joy she had, will help carry on her spirit. We hope that everyone who has now heard about Lingzi will keep a memory of her in their hearts.

This statement was issued by the family of Lu Lingzi, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15.


214 Comments on Letter from the Family of Lu Lingzi

  • Jane on 04.18.2013 at 7:14 pm

    What a beautiful message.

    In memory of Lingzi. Rest in peace.

  • B Z from 1990 on 04.18.2013 at 7:26 pm

    Her body might perish in space, but her spirit will remain in time!

  • David McBride on 04.18.2013 at 8:00 pm

    I’m so sad for your loss. The Boston University community shares in your mourning.

  • Jan Patterson on 04.18.2013 at 8:19 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss and for the pain you must endure. Our hearts are broken over this terrible event, but not as broken as yours over the loss of your wonderful daughter.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • BU Student on 04.18.2013 at 8:45 pm

    right in the feels. I never met Lingzi, but she seemed like a wonderful person with a flawless spirit. Rest in paradise dear, for you deserve an eternity of happiness and love.

  • IRC on 04.18.2013 at 9:17 pm

    R.I.P Lingzi!

  • Carrie on 04.18.2013 at 9:31 pm

    This is such a lovely and dignified statement. Thank you for telling us about your special darling daughter. My heart aches with yours.

  • Morgan on 04.18.2013 at 9:59 pm

    Bless them. :(

  • Monica on 04.18.2013 at 10:18 pm

    Dearest Lu family,
    My heart goes out to you at what must be the most terrible and difficult time of your lives. Lingzi was living her dream at a wonderful school in a beautiful and historic, warm and welcoming city. Our daughter Jasmine is a sophomore at Boston University, and had left the area of the explosions about 45 minutes earlier in order to return to her dorm to work on a paper. She was hoarse from cheering on the runners with her friends at her very first Boston Marathon. She is still struggling to deal with this devastating tragedy. On her way back from class today, she heard many vehicles with sirens blaring nearby, and she told me that every passerby stopped in their tracks, wondering whether another terrible event had taken place. She called me in tears, struggling with post-traumatic anxiety. My precious daughter will get through this, but you have lost yours. Lingzi will always be remembered at Boston University and by the people of Boston, as an adventurous, intelligent, curious and lovely soul who enriched the lives of those she knew, and who will be an inspiration for my daughter, for our family, and for all Americans, always. Sending my deepest sympathy; may your daughter’s memory bring you comfort.
    Monica Shevell
    Plano, Texas

    • Paula on 04.18.2013 at 10:54 pm

      Very thoughtful response.

    • Kim Schacht on 04.19.2013 at 2:41 am

      What a very thoughtful letter. My daughter spent 4 yrs at Tufts and I had the great opportunity to visit Boston a couple of times and what I took with me back home was what Boston stands for “FREEDOM, HISTORIC AND THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA (caring, compassionate and loving)”! Thank you for a beautiful letter! God Bless and many prayers to all the victims and their families.

    • D Valtas on 04.19.2013 at 3:00 am

      Very beautiful reply – thank you on behalf of all Americans!

    • Ted on 04.20.2013 at 12:20 am

      Thank you for this beautiful reply. As a Chinese student going to U.S. for university, I feel neverthelss inspired and encouraged after the tragedy because of the strength and love of people like you.

  • Julia on 04.18.2013 at 10:42 pm

    This is a beautiful comment & I am so sorry for your loss. All my best wishes are with you. You are a wonderful family & I wish you all the best.

  • Laurel on 04.19.2013 at 12:11 am

    Dear Lingzi’s family, we are so sorry for your loss. It is a horrific thing for any parent to lose a child, but it must have been even harder to lose your daughter in a foreign country, so far away, in such a meaningless and random event. I hope you can take some small comfort in knowing that so many in the United States grieve with you and will remember her name forever. I know I will. More immediately, I heard tonight that other Chinese exchange students here in Vermont knew her personally and are grieving her terribly.

    Please accept our condolences, our sorrow that her stay in the United States ended in such tragedy, and our promise that we will seek justice for her and the other victims until it is achieved.

  • Rich M on 04.19.2013 at 12:57 am

    Considering what you must be going through (few can imagine), it is remarkably gracious of you to reach out and thank others for their support, as well as to offer condolences to the other families who have suffered in this senseless tragedy.
    No surprise your daughter was a remarkable person.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • PJ on 04.19.2013 at 1:13 am

    Thank you for your loving tribute and comments. I am very sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you and your family. I pray that you are comforted by your memories and by the outpouring of love shared across the world, in Lingzi’s honor.

  • Fernando on 04.19.2013 at 1:13 am

    Dear family of LU Lingzi,

    I want to convey my most sincere condolences to you. I didn’t know her but from what I read, your daughter was a very beautiful, bright and kind young woman who had her best years ahead of her. She left this world too soon but I am sure she will be remembered with grace by all those who were lucky to know her, particularly her family and friends. My prayers are with you.

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  • nirav v. patel on 04.19.2013 at 1:27 am

    My heart weeps.

  • Dr. Brad Bryant on 04.19.2013 at 1:39 am

    As a recipient of two degrees from Boston University I am aware of the great spirit of B.U. and is being shown now for your lovely daughter. May the new scholarship funf perpetuate her spirit for many years to come.

  • liz on 04.19.2013 at 1:40 am

    As a parent of a daughter overseas in China my heart goes out to you and I mourn with you. This should not happen to anyone’s children anywhere. PEACE.

  • SY on 04.19.2013 at 1:53 am

    This brought tears to my eyes. My deepest condolences to the Lu family. Rest in peace Lingzi.

    A well wisher from Saigon, Vietnam

  • Paul Both on 04.19.2013 at 1:54 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Our hearts break for you and what you are going through.

  • Mark Hull on 04.19.2013 at 2:00 am

    Clearly, she came from a very classy family. Sadly, we need more people like her. The world is not as nice a place without her. We have all lost in this tragedy. My deepest condolences.

  • Dave, Minneapolis on 04.19.2013 at 2:01 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. It brings tears to my eyes, even though I have never met any of you, and I live far from Boston. I wish you all the best in this time of what must be unbelievable grief.

  • Richard Pfifferling on 04.19.2013 at 2:01 am

    This is the most eloquent, heartfelt and civilized letter I have ever read. It elevates us all to see, in the face of unimaginable pain, an ability to maintain dignity and respect … and in so doing, honor Lingzi. Within this letter, the family also honors all of us. To those who read their beautiful words, hold close to your hearts what you have seen, for there is good in this world..and this family is a shining inspiration to all of us.

    • Ben Wilson on 04.19.2013 at 11:05 pm

      Richard speaks for me as well.

      -Ben Wilson
      Boulder, Colorado

    • Jamie Whitney on 04.20.2013 at 12:00 am

      Indeed. As we say in my home town, this young lady clearly came from Good People. Family of Lingzi, my deepest respect and sympathy go out to you. Thank you for including us in your thoughts at this unimaginable time. Your grief must be unbearable, but your kind words bring us all hope and peace. May you feel all the love and support we strangers can send your way tonight and in the days to come.

  • EL on 04.19.2013 at 2:01 am

    Wow, you can tell by reading the statement. It was written very thoughtful, unselfishnessly, and very humble. But, also very educated, too.

  • Debbie I on 04.19.2013 at 2:03 am

    I live out in the western US. All of whom I know have been devastated by what had happened. Please believe though many miles separate us, we too feel your pain. We have you in our prayers, hearts, and minds always. Your beautiful, wonderful daughter is really a loss to us all but I know your pain will always be with you. I pray that you will have the comfort of the wonderful memories you and your family have had with her along with the knowledge that her struggles that she may have faced in her life will be no longer. She passed doing what she loved to do which can be a dream for us all. My sincerest condolences to you and the other families as well. May God bless you all in these troubled days.

  • Tedra on 04.19.2013 at 2:06 am

    We are so very sorry for your family’s loss. My heart goes out to you from California.

  • Feng Tan on 04.19.2013 at 2:07 am

    R.I.P. Lingzi. Our hearts go with you!

  • Sandy + Terry on 04.19.2013 at 2:09 am

    We are so sorry for the loss of your daughter. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Your letter was so beautiful and touching, we could feel the depth of your loss. We know she will forever be in your hearts.

  • June.X on 04.19.2013 at 2:10 am

    Although I never met Lingzi,I am now knowing such a beautiful soul. I can’t imagine how hardly a family face such a loss. R.I.P, Lingzi. You are living within us.

  • Jo on 04.19.2013 at 2:11 am

    Beautiful. Her story has captivated me. I can appreciate the devotion and dedication Lingzi would have put into everything she did. To think that such a young and aspiring girl was taken from the world is so sad. She did not deserve this. My sincerest condolences to the Lu family, my thoughts and prayers are always with you.

  • marlyn f on 04.19.2013 at 2:18 am

    I cant imagine the pain that the parents of this child feel. My heart goes out to them and to all who were directly affected. We all are affected, we all feel sad but the immediate families must be asking, ‘why me’. May god bless you all.

  • my heart is saddened by Lingzis death. my prayers are with her family on 04.19.2013 at 2:20 am

    My prayers to the Lord God Almighty are for Lingzi’s family. Kenn W. H.

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  • Brian on 04.19.2013 at 2:41 am

    My deepest sympathies to the Lu family. Thank you for showing such abundant grace in your letter.

    I’m Chinese and live in China, and to lose your only child so innocently is beyond a tragedy.. I feel devastated for your loss, and just pray that you will be strong, at peace, and hope God will transform this loss in your lives into unexpected gain.

  • Lou Yufan on 04.19.2013 at 2:44 am

    R.I.P. Lingzi. 令子安息。

  • Dee on 04.19.2013 at 2:45 am

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful daughter. I’m keeping her in my thoughts and prayer.

  • Dennis Evans on 04.19.2013 at 2:45 am

    My heart is broken in sympathy for the loss of your wonderful daughter Lingzi.
    My Grandson is also a hard working studious college student and I can’t imagine the loss I would feel if something like this were to happen to him.
    How can any person or group think that killing innocent people will further their cause? Thank God the perversity of such people is blunted by the existence of people like your Daughter,a person who exemplifies all that is good in the world.
    I will always remember Lingzi.

  • Max on 04.19.2013 at 2:54 am

    It is a touching statement. We are all saddened by your loss. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences.

  • Kim Schacht on 04.19.2013 at 2:55 am

    My heart is broken as is so many others across the world at the unspeakable horrific tragedy in Boston. I am deeply sorry for the loss of your sweet beautiful daughter. Please take comfort that she will never be forgotten and will inspire so many others from all over the world, from different cultures to go after their dreams, to work hard and most of embrace life with love, compassion and a smile!
    God Bless you and your family. Your family is in my prayers as are all the victims and their famlies.
    Deepest Sympathy,

    Kim Schacht
    Aurora, Colorado

  • D Valtas on 04.19.2013 at 2:57 am

    What a beautiful and encouraging message – thank you for opening your hearts and sharing it. We will continue to pray for Lingzi and send our sympathies and prayers to you from across the miles. Your message really touched us and our hearts goes out to you, your friends and family during these difficult times. May God give your strength through these difficult times.

  • Jenny on 04.19.2013 at 2:58 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved daughter. She was blessed to have a loving and supportive family. My thoughts and best wishes are with you in your time of mourning.

  • Keji xu on 04.19.2013 at 3:01 am

    My thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to Ms Lingzi and the other victims of this tragedy and to their families.

  • Eli on 04.19.2013 at 3:05 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. This one really hit me hard because I too have come from a different country, but in my case with my family ; for a better life in the United States. I can’t believe the cowards who did this are still out there roaming our streets, I know on my heart they will be caught and brought to justice one way or the other!

    Lingzi is the most beautiful young lady that I have seen on my life, her breakfest photo is priceless. It’s a real shame on what happened to her, she seemed like a person you would want to meet.

    I know her spirit is with us and she is resting peacefully now away from this crazy world.

    Lingzi, we will find who did this to you. Obama made that vow and so will I.

    Forever in our hearts.

    Rest in Peace young Angel.

  • David on 04.19.2013 at 3:10 am

    RIP Lu Lingzi

  • Alvin on 04.19.2013 at 3:14 am

    My condolences to her family. And I would like to thank them for sharing such a wonderful and powerful message. We must all do our part to carry Lingzi’s spirit and help ensure that a tragedy such as this does not happen again.

  • Carrie on 04.19.2013 at 3:23 am

    The bravery of your statement in the midst of grief is deeply moving. As a fellow parent of an international student in Boston, my thoughts go out to you. Our memories of this wonderful city will now always include thoughts of your lovely daughter and of you, across the world.

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  • Denise on 04.19.2013 at 3:36 am

    Words can be so hollow at a time like this, but it is all we have to let you know just how very sorry we are on the tragic loss of your daughter. Lingzi sounds like she was such a special person who had so much love, joy and spirit of fun to share w/the World and sadly taken away from you and her Family and Friends far too soon.

    Please accept my and my Family’s deepest sympathies on the loss of such a special person and know your Family is in the thoughts and prayers of many around the World. I pray Lingzi rests in peace and I pray for you and your Family the grace and strength to cope with such a heart breaking loss.

    Take Care,

    Denise in Ontario, Canada

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  • Hugo Xiong & WQ Han on 04.19.2013 at 3:52 am

    Dear Lu’s family,

    We were shocked by the tragedy and please accept our condolence for losing your beloved daughter. Please do let us know if we could assist in any form of help at this moment.

    BUAAC China and its over 500 alumini in China will be with you and to offer the help and support.

    Best wishes and our love,

    Hugo Xiong
    Chairman of BUAAC
    Trustee of Boston University

    WQ Han
    President of BUAAC

  • Sheila on 04.19.2013 at 3:53 am

    I’m the only daughter of my parents and i’m now studying abroad as well. I understand the feeling that how the entire family care about their child and proud of him or her at the same time, just like what my family do to me. And I’m deeply sorry for your loss.
    She is a positive role model indeed and she will be remembered by us.

  • Fernando Scheps on 04.19.2013 at 4:17 am

    From far away (Switzerland) we would like to accompany the family with the pain of loosing a child. We are all very shocked with what happened in Boston and hope all the best for all the people suffering direct or indirectly from this horrible tragedy. Sincerely. Fernando Scheps.

  • john on 04.19.2013 at 4:23 am

    Blessings to your family in this difficult time. I’m so sorry this happened to your beautiful daughter. I have a son, and cant imagine your pain. All of our hearts and prayers are with your family.

    J , California USA

  • Elaine on 04.19.2013 at 4:42 am

    Many many years ago I too was a student at Boston University, so I can understand Lingzi’s enthusiasm for the university, her classes and professors, and the city. As a mother of two children, I can also understand your pain over the loss of your wonderful daughter. May she rest in peace and may you find some comfort in the fact that she will not be forgotten.

  • twiggy on 04.19.2013 at 5:04 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Lu family. The bombings are an act of cowardness..

  • Albert on 04.19.2013 at 5:07 am

    I am living in the the same town as LingZhi family in China and have a 16 year-old daughter dreaming to pursue her study aboard, I am deeply sorry for the loss and pain caused to the family and moved at your strongness. wish you all the best.

  • Anuradha Shastry on 04.19.2013 at 5:15 am

    Dear Parents and family of Lingzi,
    My heart breaks for your loss and I pray God to give you strength in this hour. My daughter Aditi was a second time volunteer at the Boston Marathon. We live in India and I know how it must feel to send your child so far away. While the people in Boston are directly affected, I am dealing with the knowledge that if it was not for me, Aditi would have never been there.
    You see, I am a marathon runner and this was her way of showing me that she supported my running and was so proud of me.
    I am too far away to help my daughter in any meaningful manner; alas that right was snatched away from you. When aditi comes home in the summer, I will hold her extra minutes, feeling our love waft away in the clouds to Lingzi.
    My prayers with you.
    Anuradha Shastry, Bangalore India.

    • Mark in Texas on 04.20.2013 at 9:43 pm

      As a former BU student, Boston resident, and Bangalore resident, thank you for your beautiful comments! I know millions of other Indian families mourn Lingzi’s passing.

  • Abel on 04.19.2013 at 5:16 am

    Blessed be the Lord God in heaven. R.I.P. Miss Lu Lingzi

  • GiorgioCimaolio on 04.19.2013 at 5:46 am

    An affecting message!
    You have my deepest sympathy.

  • Nilay on 04.19.2013 at 5:49 am

    As a parent of an International student graduated from BU, I am so sorry for your loss.Lingzi will be in my thoughts and prayers from oceans away.

  • Ashley on 04.19.2013 at 6:36 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Please know that we all grieve with you here in Boston. Such a wonderful life cut so short, she will forever be in our hearts.

  • Alessia on 04.19.2013 at 7:05 am

    I’m not a student at BU, but I’d love to. I’ll think of your daughter whenever I feel like giving up on my dreams because the time we take for granted really isn’t, and I owe her to make a good use of the time I was given that was taken away from her. I hope you can eventually find the peace you deserve after this tragedy. My sympathy and prayers are with you

  • Smiths on 04.19.2013 at 7:16 am

    Praying for you. Can’t image how you are dealing with your loss! May you find comfort and peace with the love from Jesus Christ and friends!

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  • Amy Luria on 04.19.2013 at 8:09 am

    I an so sorry for your loss. Your daughter, Lingzi’s spirit will continue to touch those she met and loved. Your letter touched my heart. I am a graduate of BU 85, and not only loved BU, but the city of Boston for another 6 years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this tragic time..May your daughter rest in peace..Amy

  • Paul Yoon on 04.19.2013 at 8:33 am

    My heart aches for your family. I pray that you may find some peace in your hearts during this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers from a BU Terrier in Canada.

  • Frédérique on 04.19.2013 at 8:36 am

    One thing I learned from being a student in Boston (some 14 years ago) is that we, people from everywhere in the world, share the same passion for life. In France, we have a fraternity message coming from a famous author Alexandre Dumas :’un pour tous et tous pour un’. Your daughter was one of us and will always be.

  • Cherylanne on 04.19.2013 at 8:53 am

    Dear family of LU Lingzi,
    Your heartfelt letter is filled with compassion and hope. You remind the world that love will always triumph over hate. Thank you for sharing such kind words with all of us. Lingzi will forever be remembered and cherished by our BU community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

  • liukunpeng on 04.19.2013 at 9:04 am

    I am so sorry about your loss. We did not know each other, but I really want to send my blessing. Hope your family can ged rid of horrible things and return normal life. rip

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  • Sam Yu on 04.19.2013 at 9:09 am

    Lingzi will live for ever in people’s memory. No sacrifice will go without reward. Your courage and kind heart at the time of unbearable grief will inspire more to work for peace and friendship. Thank you.

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  • David Bee on 04.19.2013 at 9:35 am

    One thing that came to mind after reading the Family’s letter was Ling-zi’s chosen English name, Dorothy, which means “gift of God”.


  • Aisha Cameron on 04.19.2013 at 10:00 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss, dear people.. I did not know your daughter, but I sense that with your daughters death, another sweet spirit has gone from this world. I pray her Spirit will be at peace and that in time, you will find solace and comfort.

  • Arthur Che on 04.19.2013 at 10:17 am

    May your daughter rest in peace. Pray for the poor soul.

  • Wen Fang on 04.19.2013 at 10:21 am

    Her smile will always live in our heart.

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  • Jaspar on 04.19.2013 at 10:37 am

    May your daughter rest in peace. Hope the world will become better.

  • wan on 04.19.2013 at 10:40 am

    All my best wishes are with Lingzi You are a wonderful family & I wish you all the best.

  • Iris on 04.19.2013 at 10:43 am

    Pray for you all. Dear Boston.

  • Indysteve on 04.19.2013 at 11:07 am

    As a parent of our BU student daughter who was also at the marathon, my heart goes out to you. What a beautiful, bright daughter and please know we hold you and her in our thoughts and in our hearts.

  • Harrison on 04.19.2013 at 11:09 am

    Pray for you from Sydney uni.

  • PY on 04.19.2013 at 11:15 am

    God bless your family and may she be in peace in heaven.

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    I’m a student from China.Thanks to your words.
    Lu Lingzi, R.I.P .

    • on 04.19.2013 at 11:27 am

      There are many words that I want to say ! My dear Lingzi , please remember to take good care of yourself in the paradise !

  • Yjw on 04.19.2013 at 11:33 am

    Rest in peace.Lingzi.Now I listen to Come Home from OneRepublic a lot.Just like the lyric”come home”Lingzi,now please come home.

  • Karin Van Dalen on 04.19.2013 at 11:45 am

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I am also a grad student at BU, but I take my classes online. This May, I will graduate and will think of your beatiful and precious daughter and will accept my diploma for her. Though I never met her, I have a sadness in my heart for her and for your family. May God give you peace and comfort during this time, and may the memories you have of her bring you happiness. May she rest in peace.

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  • Jack P on 04.19.2013 at 12:15 pm

    So humble and dignified at the same time. I feel so sad that such a classy family has to go through such a pain.

  • reubenr on 04.19.2013 at 12:36 pm

    I never knew her, but now I will remember her for the rest of my life, the same way we recall the cherry blossoms, long after they have fallen from the tree.

  • Ron on 04.19.2013 at 12:39 pm

    My thoughts are with this wonderful family…

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  • Ming F. on 04.19.2013 at 12:52 pm

    What a beautiful and dignified statement from this Chinese family! Tears wet my eyes while I am reading through. Let’s pray for them! May Lingzi and the other two victims rest in peace! I am from China and used to work in America for 2 years, and I did experience the 911 terrorist attack in New York and could still fear the pain at the time. God bless America,this great nation!

  • Wally from Australia on 04.19.2013 at 12:58 pm

    Such a touching letter! What an educated and humble family! Rest in peace Lingzi!

  • Ethan on 04.19.2013 at 1:07 pm

    She’s a very beautiful angel.may u rest in peace.

  • Simon from China on 04.19.2013 at 1:17 pm

    Pray for Lingzi’s family and pray for Boston. My heart will go on with you. So sad for hearing the bad news. And pray for people in danger, in war and my friends, my schoolmates in America.

  • HSH on 04.19.2013 at 1:23 pm

    This is a very heart-touching letter. I wish the best for the family. As a Chinese in the US, I know it is a very difficult moment to go through for the family. All the peace loving people are with you. Rest in peace, Lingzi. God bless you and your family.
    Heshan from Arizona.

  • catherine barroll on 04.19.2013 at 1:39 pm

    My heart aches for you and your loss. Your beautiful, dear girl is beyond suffering now….. I hope that you have the support and love of your family and friends. With prayers and reverence for her sweet spirit.

  • Alea on 04.19.2013 at 1:59 pm

    Your sentiment expressing hope for students like Lu Lingzi to continue to pursue their ambitions is incredibly gracious. This incident might strain the sentiment of Chinese students, or all students, looking to study abroad. But I hope your statement touches enough people to know that it is a genuinely amazing experience and not to be scared to follow their passion. Your daughter is in my prayers.

  • BU Grad Student on 04.19.2013 at 2:01 pm

    I was never privileged enough to know Lingzi, but my heart goes out to you, as do those of the entire BU community. Every BU grad student here feels like it could have been us. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  • Candace Culp on 04.19.2013 at 2:04 pm

    My daughter has sent me your message. She too is a young woman.She lives in your country.
    I am so sorry that in, my country, this terrible thing has happened to your daughter and to your family.
    Lingzi will live in my heart always.

  • Xing Liu on 04.19.2013 at 2:22 pm

    I am so touched by this sweet letter. As a Chinese student studying in the U.S., I know how hard the parents are getting through. I think all the students aboard know how hard their parents are missing them and concerning about their lives, health and safety, especially given the fact that most Chinese families only have one child. I don’t know Lingzi before, however seeing her pictures and some of her words online, I know that she’s a optimistic girl who loves life with a beautiful dream. And this letter tells me what a lovely family it is. Bless Lingzi’s parents and please know that we hold you in our heart. May she rest in peace. For all the other students aboard, please take care and stay safe.

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  • Glen on 04.19.2013 at 2:43 pm

    I am so proud of my university. Great tribute

  • QiaoyunWuWu on 04.19.2013 at 3:33 pm


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  • Portlander from Oregon on 04.19.2013 at 4:07 pm

    My heart aches for you and your loss.

    R.I.P. Lingzi.

  • BU Alum 10 on 04.19.2013 at 4:55 pm

    RIP. I couldn’t think of someone who deserves a scholarship named after them more than her. Her spirit will live on in the lives of future students.

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  • Patricia Gilpatric on 04.19.2013 at 5:24 pm

    To the family of LU Lingzi,
    My deepest condolences on the loss of your lovely daughter. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you.

  • Yu on 04.19.2013 at 5:48 pm

    Our hearts go out to you. Our thoughts are in mourning with you.

  • Yue on 04.19.2013 at 6:13 pm

    This letter is classy at this difficult time. I know words cannot express your deep loss and that pain will remain in heart. As a son, I know Lingzi must want to see her parents stay well. So please take care. My heart is out with you.

  • liting ren on 04.19.2013 at 6:13 pm

    Dear Lu Family:

    I’m in tears when I’m reading your family letter. I’m so sad, like all the people here to watch this heart-broken accident; but at the same time, I’m so comforted to see that your beautiful & smart daughter and your kind family have been surrounded by so many loving people in this world.

    Be strong! we will be with your family !

  • Anonymous in California on 04.19.2013 at 6:42 pm

    My deepest condolences to the Lu family. Rest in peace Lingzi.

  • TKP on 04.19.2013 at 6:54 pm

    Dear Lu Family,

    Thank you for such a beautiful tribute to your daughter. Over ten years ago, one of my dear friends, an exchange student from Taiwan, faced the death of her parents’ motorcycle accident and death while living and studying in Iowa. A year later our university grieved the death of five Nigerian International students who died in a car accident, all of who were close friends with my former roommate. I grieved deeply each time with my friends, their host families, and our community; and I grieve again this week for you and your precious daughter. May you find comfort and peace in this dark time, and know that you have friends everywhere who are thinking and praying for you.


    Teresa Kim Pecinovsky

  • Heng on 04.19.2013 at 7:38 pm

    such a thoughtful and inspiring message! Although you, the familiy of Lingzi, did not concentrate much on the tragedy around you recently, I can sense such pressing but helpless feeling on the lose of your graceful and positive daughter . In such situation I am really impressed by this letter, which reflected a quiet but strong attitude towards all the happening in surroundings.

    As a Chinese student studying oversea, I can understand what the ocean between two continients means and what child means to normal Chinese familiy. At this moment, what we can do is just stand up and keep on going positvely as Lingzi did.

    There will be a long journey to go. You are not lonely. The modesty and positity showing in the letter really makes us strong.

  • David Jones on 04.19.2013 at 7:43 pm

    I’m all choked up. Deepest sympathies to the family.

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  • Michele on 04.19.2013 at 8:25 pm

    Dear Lu family,
    My deepest condolences to you on the senseless and tragic loss of your daughter. I cannot imagine what you must be experiencing to have lost her when she was so far from home. She seems to have been a very bright and courageous soul. May peace be with you all!

  • rememberU on 04.19.2013 at 8:36 pm

    I can’t imagine how deep the sorrow Lingzi’s family is experience. I don’t personally know Lingzi, but look at her pictures and her simple words to describe her joy over little things in life, I can feel she is such a remarkable young accomplished lady, warm, simple, looking at world with her kind eyes…she is an angle! Lingzi, rest in peace! My prayers will always be with you. Lingzi’s family, please know that many, many, many of us are with you! From New York.

  • Margaret Tung on 04.19.2013 at 9:06 pm

    Dear Mr.& Mrs. Lu,

    My heart hurts with you. I was in tears with you. Our two children attend Boston University too and I have to call them before I go to bed every single night even though we live in Massachusetts. We sent one of our kids to China to study twice and we understand and sympathize with how you feel. We are extremely proud of you for sending your loved one to one of the top universities to study even though it is across the world. You allowed her to fulfill her academic wishes. An unexpected tragedy happened in the heart of Boston. It breaks everyone’s heart to see this happen. Your daughter, among other victims, will be remembered by everyone. Take care of yourselves; your daughter would want to see you happy and strong. If you come to Boston, let me know I can meet you here. I can speak a few languages fluently including mandarin. I come from south Asia and I am a BU parent like you. Stay strong and take care.

  • 赵慧莹 on 04.19.2013 at 9:14 pm

    学姐,你是天下育才人的一份子,没有育才同胞会忘记你。不知道会不会真的有灵魂的说法,但你一定会在冥冥之中看到所有的一切。god bless you!

  • BU Mom on 04.19.2013 at 9:37 pm

    I just cannot begin to imagine such loss. My heart and prayers go out to your family.

    Both my daughters are students at BU. They were on a street corner in between both explosions. While thankful they were able to escape unhurt physically, I am working hard to get them the help they need emotionally to deal with this senseless act of tragedy.

    The endless dedication and devotion by Boston’s finest law enforcement shows that the senseless loss of Lingzi will not be in vain.
    Your beautiful daughter will live forever in our hearts and in the hearts of the people of Boston.

  • Carlton on 04.19.2013 at 10:00 pm

    My family’s heartfelt sorrow goes out to the family of Lu Lingzi. I know that nothing will ever heal your loss but you and yours are in our thoughts and prayers. From Charlotte NC.

  • Laura on 04.19.2013 at 10:07 pm

    May your daughter rest in peace. I didn’t know Lingzi personally but she seemed like an amazing individual, a truly good and wonderful person. I am so sorry for your loss. As a BU alum, I am deeply saddened by the events of this week and the huge loss of life. God bless you and peace be with you all.

  • gale on 04.19.2013 at 10:23 pm

    Peace and blessings to you in China from Philadelphia. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Jun Pan on 04.19.2013 at 10:29 pm

    what a dignified pain! i have a 2-year old daughter. can’t imagine such a tragedy. my heart aches with this family’s.

  • Yupei on 04.19.2013 at 10:55 pm

    Rest in Peace Lingzi.一路走好。

  • Charles on 04.19.2013 at 11:50 pm

    Lingzi’s family, thank you for such a lovely and dignified letter. My heart aches with yours.

  • Wang on 04.19.2013 at 11:54 pm

    Why this happened to such a a young and beautiful life? What a tragedy. Why there are so many tragedies recently?

    Rest in peace!

    Aurora, Co

  • Youtian on 04.19.2013 at 11:57 pm

    God bless you, Lingzi

  • Carolyn Tan on 04.20.2013 at 12:21 am

    My heart will go with Lingzi and her family. I’m also the only child of my parents who is currently studying in the states far away from home. I can’t imagine that when such a sad news came up and her parents couldn’t even be there and help Lingzi…Losing their dear daughter is such a pain in their lifetime and the only thing I can do is to pray for them. I’m also moved that there are so many people came and sent their messages to Lingzi’s parents.The world will remember this tragedy and everyone should keep strong to fight for terrorism!

  • Hao on 04.20.2013 at 12:26 am

    What a beautiful and telent girl. Hope you rest in Peace. To her parents, I can not imagine how painful this could be to suffer from this loss. My thoughts are with you. From Tokyo, Japan

  • Peng Wang on 04.20.2013 at 12:29 am

    I’m a Chinese studying at MIT, the neighboring school. I came to Boston last summer, the same time Lingzi came here. Before that, we both spent four years in the same city, Beijing. She is a friend of my friend, who told me Lingzi was ‘such a good girl’. I could even imagine that we’ll get to know each other and become friends in the very near future! Losing her brings the saddest moment since I came to US. I can’t imagine the sorrow you are suffering now. I’ll remember her, as a friend I didn’t get to know in time. 节哀!

  • Jim on 04.20.2013 at 12:38 am

    There’s no murduring and death in Heaven. God bless you.

  • Jim Bode - Tasmania on 04.20.2013 at 12:49 am

    As a parent who has, in the past, seen their children move away to accomplish their academic dreams, I wish to add my condolences to all the people before me who have expressed their sadness at this tragedy.
    I hope that our messages will provide some comfort for you, and I doubt that I will forget your daughters name and achievements, in the time left to me.

  • ree on 04.20.2013 at 12:50 am

    beautiful girl

  • My Sincere Condolences on 04.20.2013 at 1:00 am

    I am so very sorry for your unimaginable–yet painfully real–loss. Your letter was beautiful, and it brought tears to my eyes. You are in my thoughts, and I wish you all of the peace and comfort in the world.

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    My thought and prayer will be with you.GOD bless.

  • Rick B. from Dallas, Texas on 04.20.2013 at 1:41 am

    如Martin Richard小朋友所願 –
    No More Hurting People, Peace on Earth

  • keke zhou on 04.20.2013 at 2:22 am

    May God bless her having a happy life in the paradise. Have my best wishes to you, her parents, gain peaceful in hearts.

  • Mariusz Kochanski on 04.20.2013 at 3:16 am

    Dear family of LU Lingzi,

    I am the father of 21 year old girl who is a student at Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland. She is to go abroad for overseas exchange soon…

    I just want to let you know the story of your wonderful daughter is known here, in academic city with 17 universities. Parents and students are looking and her photo and reading her story… admiring her!

    Let the story of your daughter be a symbol, symbol of dreams for this new generation for whom the world has no borders. Your letter show us all the kids have visions, plans, dreams and all the parents share them. In China, U.S, and all over the world…

    She, her life, her plans, her photo is with us, and you her family are with us many, many homes. Across the borders and continents.

    Nothing can be done to reverse time but she lives in our hearts


    Mariusz Kochanski, Krakow Poland

  • Mike Cline on 04.20.2013 at 4:28 am

    I hope many people will be inspired by Lingzi’s hardwork and tenacity and her family’s gratiousness even in a time of tragedy. I am so moved by their loss.

  • Christine on 04.20.2013 at 6:48 am

    Dear Lingzi’s family

    It has brought tears to my eyes when I read your letter again and again. You had such a wonderful daughter, who was full of spirit, enthusiasm, passion and love, she was smart, caring and active, her life may be short but her journey was splendid and many of us would not compare. She was lost in such a terrible tragedy but at this very difficult time you are not alone, thousands of us around the world are thinking of you and keeping this beautiful young girl in our heart and memories. She is now rest in peace and will share all her love in heaven. Thank you for bringing such an angel to this world and some of us had the luck to be close to her, she will be solely missed and forever remembered.

    Take good care of yourself and my heart goes out to the family.

  • Dr. Carlos Favotto, MD. on 04.20.2013 at 7:13 am

    Estimada familia Lu, nuestros corazones sudamericanos están con Ustedes en estos trágicos momentos, no puedo imaginar la inmensidad de vuestro dolor. La profunda injusticia de la temprana partida de Lingzi, debe alentarnos a trabajar arduamente para evitar que los desviados proliferen. Sientan nuestro fuerte abrazo desde el Uruguay.

  • N S Wang on 04.20.2013 at 7:36 am

    远在异国他乡的求学之子,望你们刻苦而快乐的求知,更期你们保重自己! 令子一路走好!

  • shao shuo from NEYC on 04.20.2013 at 7:54 am

    Really sorry for your loss. Lingzi will always be my model

  • Cindy @ Beijing on 04.20.2013 at 8:08 am

    I am a Chinese parent of two kids studying in US, too. My deepest sympathies go to Lingzi’s parents and family. And wish Lingzi’s parents be brave.

  • YK on 04.20.2013 at 8:13 am

    I cant imagine the pain your family is going through.
    Praying for peace and comfort to your family from Japan.

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  • Nancy on 04.20.2013 at 9:23 am

    Lingzi’s sweet spirit shines on, her memory is honored by your most gracious words. Blessings to you always.

  • Nancy on 04.20.2013 at 9:30 am

    Lingzi’s sweet spirit shines on, her memory is honored by your most gracious words. Blessings to you always.

  • Simon Sevan Schäfer on 04.20.2013 at 10:02 am

    What a beautiful message which has moved me very much. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to meet Lingzi. My prayers go to her family and friends. May her soul enlighten!
    Simon (Switzerland)

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  • Elliot Hirshon on 04.20.2013 at 11:29 am

    To the Family of Lu Lingzi,

    What a caring and thoughtful letter to share with us in a difficult time. I was a student at Tufts University and ran in the Boston Marathon a few years ago. The recent events have been difficult to accept and it is sad. You’re letter and care lift my spirits.

  • X Z on 04.20.2013 at 11:55 am

    As someone who lost his loved one before, I know nothing said or done will ease your pain of losing your dearest daughter, a wonderful, beautiful and intelligent young lady, but still I want to express my deepest condolence to your whole family. I am in tears after reading your very well written letter.我和你们全家一起流泪和心痛,希望分担你们千分之一,万分之一的痛苦和伤心。 令子姑娘美好的形象将被永远铭记。

  • Amanda on 04.20.2013 at 12:53 pm

    What a beautiful letter. Your daughter will be remembered and held to a respected standard. May the spirits guide her to peace.

  • Aayushi on 04.20.2013 at 1:50 pm

    May she rest in peace. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  • Manek Shergill on 04.20.2013 at 2:36 pm

    Your message is beautiful and moved me to tears. As a father living in India whose only child has also gone to the US last fall as did your daughter for the same reasons, I feel very sad and empathize with your feelings. Your daughter was a very beautiful person, and she will always live in our hearts, even though most of us never met her. I hope that in the days to come, you find the strength to cope with your tragic loss. May your daughter rest in peace.

  • James on 04.20.2013 at 3:33 pm

    In the shadow of such a profound personal tragedy, Lingzi is a light that will shine with her grace and with the promise that were her dreams. Her presence has helped reveal the hearts in Boston, at Boston University, and around the world. My family, friends and our community here in California wish you peace and comfort.

  • Debbie Novellino on 04.20.2013 at 5:32 pm

    To the parents and family of Lingzi, may god bless you and your family at this difficult time and keep your angel Lingzi in your hearts forever. What a wonderful and compelling letter and tribute to your beautiful daughter and the others who have lost their lives and are injured after such a horrific act. I too am a parent of a student at BU and am from the city of Boston originally, it is a wonderful, warm, loving, compassionate city and your daughter seems to have all that love going out to her and your family as well. May you keep her memory alive and with you each and every day. So sorry for your loss and my families deepest sympathy goes out to you at this time. Debbie N. New Jersey

  • English Prof. C. on 04.20.2013 at 5:37 pm

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I am an English professor. Every year, I am stunned by the strength of people like your daughter who leave their home countries and everything that is familiar to them including their language and the people they love to pursue an education in another country, not just for a year or six months like many American students who study abroad, but for four, six, or sometimes even 10 years if they pursue a doctorate. Your daughter was courageous and you should be very proud of her. But you are also very brave. You had to let her go in ways that most American parents will never understand, and now you’ve had to let her go in ways no parents ever should. Our country’s teachers mourn with you, for your daughter, and for every student who is a victim of violence.

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  • Chris M on 04.20.2013 at 7:06 pm

    The entire city of Boston and our entire nation mourn with you. I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a wonderful ambassador from China. She will not be forgotten.

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  • Dori on 04.20.2013 at 7:18 pm

    A beautiful letter at a very difficult time. The world will continue to hold you, your daughter and all the other victims in our thoughts and prayers!

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  • Rp on 04.20.2013 at 8:21 pm

    rest in peace, your spirit will last long

  • Donna on 04.20.2013 at 9:14 pm

    What a touching letter. Your daughter’s zest for life, academic excellence, and your pride and joy in her achievements, will be remembered. I am sorry that this happened to your daughter, please know that I will say prayers for her, as well as for your family. Thank you for sharing her with uu and may God bless you, and grant you peace.

  • Anna on 04.20.2013 at 9:52 pm

    A touching and beautiful letter. Though we live in different countries, I for one, will keep the memory of Lingzi in my heart. May the peace of God rest on you at this time.

  • Robert Perry on 04.20.2013 at 10:55 pm

    I have never read such a letter. It was so selfless and gracious. I know by reading it that you brought your daughter up very well. I am a professor at a South Korean university and have Chinese exchange students every semester. Lingzi’s passing especially affected me because of my students. I feel like I know her – though we never met. Our hearts grieve your loss. My condolences to you. I will always remember your daughter.

  • Will on 04.20.2013 at 11:49 pm

    RIP Lu Lingzi. My thoughts and prayers are with your family in this moment of loss and grieving. Your daughter will be remembered forever in our hearts.

  • Jack on 04.21.2013 at 12:36 am

    Rest in peace.

  • Cindy on 04.21.2013 at 1:52 am

    I am deeply saddened by what happened to Lingzi. I can only imagine what your family is going through now. My little boy lost 2 fingers in an escalator accident a year ago and I still find it hard to come to terms with. Your family is very special, and will always be. Rest in peace Lingzi.


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  • Michael Ripley on 04.21.2013 at 5:31 am

    I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Ping on 04.21.2013 at 5:51 am

    She is the only child of her family, her death means a huge tragedy to her family. While I was reading this letter, I was so deeply touched by her family, by the dignified and thoughtful words. All of us will never forget about her. I wish the family all the best, pray to all of you.

  • Jan Stranick on 04.21.2013 at 8:43 am

    God walk with you and your family as you grieve the loss of your amazing , beautiful and brilliant daughter. Losing a child is the most difficult loss to endure, as only another grieving parent can truly understand your heartache. Prayers and love to you. Jan and Steve Stranick

  • L.Y on 04.21.2013 at 9:13 am

    May Lord comfort you.

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  • Cheryl on 04.21.2013 at 2:12 pm

    I did not know your daughter, but from what you speak of her she was a beautiful, kind, loving compassionate young lady, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time in your life, I hope that someday you do find peace with all of this. I can only imagine the pain you are suffering, and thank you for the beautiful letter, which I know took a lot of strength for you and your family to write. God Bless your family, and may Lu Rest in Peace! This has been such a horrific experience for all involved, and I for one have been so emotionally affected by all of the events that have taken place since Monday, and can only hope that things will get back to normal at some level.

  • louise hilden lord on 04.21.2013 at 2:58 pm

    May you find even the smallest of comfort in knowing that the world shares your heartbreak. What courage it took to write those words when you are so deeply shattered by your daughter’s passing. She and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers…

  • Nancy on 04.21.2013 at 5:44 pm

    There are no words more heartfelt, more honest or more touching that I can add to the many I have just been reading in tribute to Lingzi, your beautiful daughter, and to you as a family. But I too feel the desire to be part of the voices and hearts that reach out to fill the unimaginable void and pain of your loss. Where the terrible darkness of hatred and senseless violence can strike, I give thanks for the life of your daughter who clearly brought light, joy, intelligence and goodness to this world. I join in my admiration for you as the family who gave her the love and courage to grow and explore and who, even now, reach out to touch the world with kind and brave thought.
    I was a student at Boston University, almost 50 years ago now, and I am moved and grateful that the University is establishing a scholarship in Lingzi’s name. I am grateful to have this way of contributing to the memory of her life and spirit of her goals.

  • Barbara on 04.21.2013 at 8:35 pm

    It was a great honor to have your daughter in our city. We all feel your great pain and are sorry for your loss – more than words can say. Please know we are thinking of you every day and share your grief.

  • Henrietta on 04.21.2013 at 10:45 pm

    To brave & dignified parents of Lingzi,I am so sorry for your pain & loss.I lost my 1st son age 25 almost 9 months ago in a car accident & I have a younger son 2 years younger,so I can imagine your bewilderment.I wish you the strength & peace of God that passeth all understanding.I pray for the blessed repose of the Soul of your only child.As a bereaved mother,I pray for all other bereaved parents,the worst loss.

  • Robin on 04.22.2013 at 8:53 am

    May your God give you strength to face the days ahead without your daughter. My heart cannot understand why the evil of this act would touch your family in this horrible way. I am horrified that you could not leave your precious child in America in safety. My thoughts and sympathy are with you all with hope that your grief will not be in vain. RIP Linzi…

  • Ken Young on 04.22.2013 at 12:28 pm

    To the Family of Lu Lingzi,

    Your tragic loss is so heart-wrenching. I have four children and cannot imagine losing anyone of them. To lose your only child is beyond anyone’s comprehension. Your loss, however, is actually a gift to the world. It is the gift of love and humility. The sacrifice that you’ve made to raise her and send her to BU to pursue her dream will not die in vain. Her name and spirit will always live on to inspire young people like her to work hard and help make the world a better place. Your loss is also our loss. We grieve with you and your family and will always remember your beautiful daughter with the bright smile as a beacon of love and humility.

  • Zhang Haoquan on 04.22.2013 at 12:57 pm

    Dear Lingzi’s family,

    My most sincere prayers for you. I’m a graduate from NEYC, the very high school where Lingzi stayed at 4 years ago, and when I heard about the tragedy that my schoolmate was a victim of the terrible incident, my heart trembled as well. That’s a person, although I do not know in person, but may have met or even talked before… After all, all NEYCers are in a big family, and believe me we all mourn sadly for your great loss. And also you had all my respect for your braveness and selflessness, what an honorable family!

    At last, may I represent all the schoolmates of Lingzi, all NEYCers, to share your sorrow and memories of Lingzi. May her rest in peace, and may the live keep well.

    Zhang Haoquan
    2012 graduate of North East Yucai Senior High Division
    Shenyang China

  • Walther Loffenfeld on 04.22.2013 at 1:04 pm

    please accept my sincere condolescences

  • Greg on 04.22.2013 at 2:56 pm

    I cannot fathom the strength mustered to write such an eloquent touching letter. Lingzi is in our hearts.

  • Ling on 04.22.2013 at 7:42 pm

    R.I.P. Lingzi.

  • Meng Y on 04.22.2013 at 7:46 pm

    I am sorry for your loss, hope you could take care.


  • Henry Yu on 04.22.2013 at 8:04 pm

    令子姑娘, 一路走好。
    令子爸爸妈妈, 节哀, 保重。

  • J C on 04.22.2013 at 9:36 pm

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Lu,

    I am so sorry for your loss and realize that no words can fill the void that is left. I did not have the privilege of knowing your daughter, but as a Chinese American and fellow graduate student at Boston University, I was touched by the stories about your daughter. Her story hit me especially hard because I am also a UC graduate and am from 20 minutes away from UC Riverside, which I heard she studied at and have friends who also attended that school.

    Everything I heard about her was how positive she always was, and I quickly realized that I should learn from her example. I am in law school and many times, all of us have considered quitting. Despite the various struggles, I and my fellow students have learned how to carry on by your daughter’s example. Although none of us knew who she was until the tragedy occurred, we have all learned from her example. We will continue to run our own individual races and have the strength to finish because of her story.

    Over the last week, I have been discussing the lessons that I have learned with my friends from home in California. They, along with me, have also learned how to be more positive and have been touched by your daughter’s story. As a result, we have all made donations or will be making donations to your daughter’s scholarship fund. It was a privilege for me to attend the memorial service and my friends were streaming it online.

    We will continue to remember the example that your daughter has set before us and wish you and your family the best during this difficult time.

  • Roger Huang on 04.22.2013 at 9:54 pm

    Dear Lingzi’s Parents,

    Lingzi is so great and I think she is our dear daughter too…forever. We have a daughter. She loves studying, making friends, and Marathon, too. She watches Marathon every year alongside the race in our city, and even runs in it this year. I believe thousands of Lingzies are coming out from all over the world and will make the world full of love, mercy, wisdom, kindness, and beauty, just because we know who Lingzi is. Yes, she has rested in peace, but we have more good girls are growing and showing their good qualities to us. This active and positive change is due to your sacrifice of your lovely Lingzi. We parents won’t forget LU Lingzi and she lives in our heart forever.

    God Bless You, dear Lingzi’s mum and dad

  • B on 04.23.2013 at 10:39 am

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Lu,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I work in support of the US Dept. of Defense and have attended many military funerals over the last 10 years. I always struggle to figure out what is the meaning of a particular young person’s life when it is taken away so early. I walk through the grounds at Arlington cemetery surrounded by a sea of tomb stones laid in memory of those who sacrificed for our defense. I can never quite make sense of it but I know that if my life is changed by a loss, then the meaning of the departed life grows. As a country, we spend close to $1Tril/yr maintaining our defense department. That represents a large effort of many millions of people and yet, we still do not enjoy peace on earth. What I see from my point of view is an enormous effort to prevent war through strength but very little effort to create the circumstances for peace. And in particular, what I see most acutely is a distinct lack of human creativity when it comes to achieving peace. I hope some of the young people who are impacted by your daughter’s death know that peace is such an underserved goal whose value we never recognize until it is too late. I hope that many people out there take the challenge to apply human creativity and human genius to the task of achieving peace because it is a problem with so little talent trying to solve it. We need more people who are obsessed with the problem of achieving peace and who recognize that it is utterly deprived of innovation at the moment. It is ripe for new heroes who are clever, determined, committed and inspired by events such as we have seen recently. Let someone else invent the next innovation in electronics or medicine or art or fashion or business. Live for peace–understand it from every angle, breaking it down into every conceivable part, identifying every salient element of its constitution and penetrate its causes so that you can inform a world in the dark about how we achieve it given the myriad of circumstances that exist around the world. We are always ready for war but almost always ill-prepared for peace. I apologize for possibly distracting from the grieving here. Again, I am sorry for your loss.


  • Paul on 04.23.2013 at 12:35 pm

    To the Parents of Lu Lingzi,

    It is obvious to anyone who ever gazed upon your daughter’s face that she was filled with wonder and joy and that was the gift she gave to those of us who have already been claimed by cynicism. Your daughter had a beautiful spirit and she shared that with all of us. I weep not only for you and your daughter, but for the world she had so much to offer. Please forgive us; we failed to protect your beautiful, precious, baby girl. Believe me when I say to you that we are all broken, with nothing left but a burning desire for justice in an unjust world.

  • Luna on 04.23.2013 at 1:06 pm

    Dear Lu Family,

    I am so so sorry for your loss. Please take care.

  • Beverly Dwyer on 04.24.2013 at 9:54 pm

    My condolences to Lu’s family. Thank them for sharing such a powerful message. We will do our part to keep Lingzi’s spirit alive and help ensure that a tragedy such as this does not happen again.

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