Boston Marathon bombing survivor, Victoria McGrath, together with another student from Northeastern University died in a car crash in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The 23-year old McGrath was traveling together with classmate Priscilla Perez Torres at the time of the incident and Fox25 reported that the University stated that the two were on a personal trip and not studying abroad.
“Northeastern University has confirmed that two undergraduate students have been tragically killed in a car accident overseas. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Victoria McGrath and Priscilla Perez Torres in this extremely difficult time,” Northeastern University said in a statement.
McGrath was among those who survived the deadly Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and was captured in a photo being rescued by a firefighter at the scene. McGrath was five-feet away from where the bomb exploded on that fateful day.
So heartbreaking. Northeastern student & Boston bombing victim was killed in a car crash. RIP Victoria McGrath👼🏼 pic.twitter.com/Ir9mqrADyp
— mariah machnik (@mariahmachnik) March 7, 2016
On the other hand, firefighter Jimmy Plourde, who rescued McGrath on the scene of the bombing, was heartbroken upon learning the news of McGrath’s death. In a Twitter post, the fire rescuer was quoted as saying that it was McGrath who saved him from the incident with her “love, support and friendship.”
— David Hurlburt (@dhurlburt) March 7, 2016
“After the Boston Marathon bombing Victoria became a major part of my life as well as my families. It’s been said that I helped save her life, but the truth is Victoria saved my life after the marathon as her love, support and friendship helped saved myself and my family,” the post reads.
Even Tufts Medical Center posted on their Twitter account that they were shocked by the news and that McGrath made an impact on them and to those who knew her as well. Friends, family and those who knew McGrath and Torres flood the social media with their condolences and remembering the two before they were taken by the tragic accident.
Our hearts ache for the family & friends of our former patient Victoria McGrath. She made a lasting impact on those who knew her.
— Tufts Medical Center (@TuftsMedicalCtr) March 7, 2016
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