By: Legacy Staff
2 years ago
Victoria McGrath, a college student who was severely wounded during the Boston Marathon bombing, died in a car crash along with a classmate in Dubai at the age of 23, according to NBC News.
The deaths of Victoria McGrath and fellow student Priscilla Perez Torres were confirmed Monday by McGrath's mother and Northeastern University in Boston.
"We are stunned, shocked and heartbroken," Jill McGrath wrote in an email to NBC News.
A statement from Northeastern University said, "Victoria and Priscilla were vibrant, beloved members of our community, and their passing leaves a grievous absence in our community and in our hearts," the university said. "Each were kind, talented young women, with exceptional futures before them."
McGrath became a symbol of the Boston Marathon tragedy when a photo of her being carried to safety by a Boston firefighter was seen on the internet around the globe.
She was standing only a few feet away from where the first bomb exploded on April 15, 2013 at the finish line. A piece of shrapnel entered one of her legs and sent her down to the ground in pain. She suffered nerve damage and spent weeks recovering.
Jimmy Plourde, the firefighter who carried her to safety that day said in a statement that he and his family were “devastated” to hear the news. He also wrote, "It's been said that I helped to save her life, but the truth is Victoria saved my life after the marathon as her love, support and friendship helped myself and my family deal with the acts of 4/15/13,"
Torres was from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico and was "passionate about travel and working on issues related to nutrition and women's health," the university said. "Victoria and Priscilla touched many of our lives, and we will miss them terribly."
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