Weston native Victoria McGrath, who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, and fellow Northeastern University student, Priscilla Perez Torres, were killed in a car crash overseas.
McGrath, the daughter of James and Jill McGrath, was a Weston High School graduate, and was among the many spectators hurt during explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. She sustained serious leg injuries.
Three people were killed and more than 260 others injured when twin bombs placed near the marathon finish line exploded.
The image of a bleeding McGrath being carried to a medical tent by a firefighter became an iconic photo of the marathon bombings.
Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern University, issued a statement this afternoon expressing deep sadness over the deaths McGrath and Torres.
“It is with the deepest sadness that I write to inform you that Victoria McGrath, DMSB ’16, and Priscilla Perez Torres, COS ’16, have perished in a car accident while traveling overseas. Victoria and Priscilla were vibrant, beloved members of our community, and their passing leaves a grievous absence in our community and in our hearts. This is a heartbreaking loss to their families, friends, and to all of us in the Northeastern family,” Aoun said.
“Victoria was from Weston, Connecticut, and survived severe injuries during the Boston Marathon bombing. She was devoted to helping others through leadership in student organizations and community service work.
“Priscilla came to Northeastern from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and was passionate about travel and working on issues related to nutrition and women’s health. Each were kind, talented young women, with exceptional futures before them.
“May we all join together in sympathy and heartfelt support for the McGrath and Perez Torres families, and for Victoria’s and Priscilla’s friends and classmates. Victoria and Priscilla touched many of our lives, and we will miss them terribly. Our prayers are with their families and loved ones.” Aoun said.
Northeastern University is offering students support and counseling services.
According to news reports, while it isn’t clear yet that it is definitely the same accident, The National, an English-language newspaper located in the United Arab Emirates, is reporting that two men and two women were killed when a rented Ferrari crashed into a lamppost at 12:30 a.m. Sunday in Dubai, splitting the car in two.