Boston marathon bombing survivor killed in Dubai car crash – CNN

“After the Boston Marathon bombing, Victoria become a major part of my life as well as my family’s. 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,” Jimmy Plourde, a Boston firefighter who carried McGrath to a medical tent after the attack, told WFXT.

Bystander Bruce Mendelsohn, who also helped McGrath after the attack, told CNN affiliate WCVB, “She really seized life. She lived life after the marathon with a zeal and a zest for life that was an example to many of us. There was a spark that she brought to everyone’s life and now that spark is extinguished.”

Tufts Medical Center, where McGrath underwent treatment after the bombing, said McGrath made a lasting impact on those who knew her.

“Our hearts ache for the family and friends of our former patient,” the hospital said on Twitter.

School officials did not release details about the crash.

The university president praised both students for their impact on campus.

“(Victoria) was devoted to helping others through leadership in student organizations and community service work,” he said. “Priscilla 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.”

McGrath was a business administration and accounting student from Weston, Connecticut, WFXT reported.

She and Perez were set to graduate later this year, the school said.

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