After tragic confusion in an already tragic aftermath for Boston and its victims’ families, the third person killed by the Boston bombings was identified overnight in China as Lu Lingzi, a Chinese Boston University graduate student — but not the one falsely identified by American media. While the girl’s family has asked the Chinese consulate in New York as well as Lu’s school and investigators not to name her here in the U.S., a massive outpouring of mourning has already begun in China. And as the Associated Press explains, major Chinese media reports are sending word directly from Lu’s family:
The Shenyang Evening News said on its official Twitter-like microblog account that the victim’s name is Lu Lingzi. An editor at the newspaper said that Lu’s father confirmed his daughter’s death when reporters visited the family home.
Even though the consulate and the Chinese Foreign Ministry have not publicly named Lu, her account on Weibo (China’s version of Twitter) has “attracted more than 10,000 messages, mostly of condolence, in the hours after Chinese media widely reported her death,” The New York Times’s Charles Buckley reports.