Indiana University Athletic Director Fred Glass confirmed to Fox59 that a student-athlete was on board the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Eastern Ukraine Thursday.
Karlijn Keijzer, a 25-year-old former member of the IU women’s rowing team, was on board fight 17.
This is a breaking story. Stay tuned for updates.
Here’s what you need to know about her:
1. She Was From the Netherlands
Keijzer’s Facebook page lists her hometown as Almelo in the Netherlands. Almelo is roughly one hour and 45 minutes east of Amsterdam.
2. She Was a Chemistry Student
According to the University of Indiana’s Address Book,
Keijzer was a student and temporary employee at the university studying chemistry. She had received her master’s at IU and was working on her doctorate, according to WTHR Channel 13.
Keijzer’s doctoral advisor, Mu-Hyun Baik, said she had been working on a research project before leaving for vacation. He told WTHR Channel 13:
Ms. Keijzer worked on several research projects, all related to improving human health. The last piece of research work she completed before heading out to catch her flight to her short summer vacation was preparing a computer simulation on bryostatin, an anti-cancer drug and a promising drug candidate for treating Alzheimer’s disease.
3. She Was a Decorated Rower
IMAGE: Karlijn Keijzer pic.twitter.com/QpOropkvwP
— WDRB News (@WDRBNews) July 18, 2014
According to IUHoosiers.com, Keijzer was a decorated rower. She participated in the European Rowing Junior Championships in 2006 and the World Rowing Junior Championships in 2007. At IU, she was a member of the school’s Varsity 8 boat during the 2011 season, where they had a 15-4 record. She earned the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar-Athlete honors and earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades after the 2011 season, IUHoosiers.com reports.
4. Indiana University’s President Called Her an ‘Outstanding Student’
— Indiana Athletics (@OurIndiana) July 18, 2014
WTHR Channel 13 reports Michael A. McRobbie, Indiana University’s president, made the following statement about Keijzer:
On behalf of the entire Indiana University community, I want to express my deepest sympathies to Karlijn’s family and friends over her tragic death. Karlijn was an outstanding student and a talented athlete, and her passing is a loss to the campus and the university. Our hearts also go out to the families of all the victims of this senseless act.
IU Women’s rowing coach Steve Peterson said of Keijzer’s death:
The Indiana Rowing family is deeply saddened by the news of Karlijn’s sudden passing. She came to us for one year as a graduate student and truly wanted to pursue rowing. That year was the first year we really started to make a mark with the First Varsity 8 boat and she was a huge reason for it. She was a phenomenal student and loved IU so much that she stayed here after she earned her master’s degree. Our condolences go out to her family and friends in this very tough time.
5. She Was on the Same Flight as AIDS Researcher Joep Lange
— Gustavo Sebba (@GustavoSebba_45) July 18, 2014
Keijzer was on the same flight as world-renouned AIDS researcher Joep Lange. Lange, a Dutch national, was the former president of the International AIDS Society and on his way to attend the International AIDS Conference held in Melbourne, Australia, according to Time.com.
A Malaysian Airlines flight crashed in Ukraine, shot down by a surface-to-air missile. All 298 onboard are dead. Initial reports said 23 of those were U.S. citizens, but zero American deaths have been confirmed.Click here to read more