Of the 3 Boston Marathon Bombing victims and slain MIT police officer, only one was not from a local family.
Lu Lingzi, a native of Shenyang, China, was a 23-year-old graduate student at Boston University who had fallen in love with her adopted hometown.
“She one time told me every corner you turn is a picture. She loved Boston,” said Helen Zhao, Lingzi's aunt. In her first interview with WCVB's Chronicle Monday night, Zhao said the family launched the Lingzi Foundation to build something hopeful from the tragic loss and to keep the young woman’s memory alive.
The mission of the non-profit organization is to help provide educational opportunities for courageous, adventurous and ambitious students like Lingzi and support organizations that are making a positive impact in their communities. The Lingzi Foundation has eight athletes running the 2014 Boston Marathon to raise funds for these efforts.
"She accomplished a lot in her own way, (her parents and family) are very proud of her. Her life was cut short, but we want her spirit to live on, you know? Hopefully it can make something for other people's life and bring some good out of this," Zhao said.