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Chinese among marathon dead

By Zhang Yuwei and Cheng Guangjin (China Daily)

08:21, April 18, 2013

China on Wednesday mourned the death of a young Chinese woman who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings. Thousands of Internet users posted messages to express their condolences and condemn the terrorists.

President Xi Jinping expressed sorrow for the dead student and offered condolences to an injured student and the victims' families.

The Chinese consulate in New York confirmed the death of the Boston University graduate student on its website on Tuesday, but did not release her name at the family's request.

The student was from the northeastern city of Shenyang. The US consulate in Shenyang said on Wednesday it had not received visa applications from the victim's relatives.

Ma Xiaojia, a high school classmate of the deceased, said she was a good student and a nice person.

"We felt very sorry to hear the news about her," Ma said.

The bombs injured more than 170 people.

Zhou Danling, another female Chinese graduate student at Boston University, was injured in the blasts on Monday. Zhou, from Chengdu, is being treated at Boston Medical Center and is said to be in stable condition.

A third Chinese graduate student, Qian Tingting, was with the other two women at the marathon but was unharmed.

There were two other fatalities from the attacks. Martin Richard, 8, was killed in the bombing.

His sister lost a leg and his mother had surgery on Monday night to deal with a brain injury.

More than 170 others suffered injuries, including severed limbs, shrapnel wounds and abdominal lacerations.

"I was so shocked at the news," said "Zhangxiaolin0813" on her Sina Weibo account. "Wish you happiness in heaven."

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