Victoria McGrath survived the Boston Marathon Bombing in April 2013. On March 6, 2016, she was killed in a car accident in Dubai at the age of 23. Her death was announced by her alma-mater, Northeastern University. The other victim in the crash was also a student in the school. She has been named as Priscilla Perez Torres. In a statement the school said, “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.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. She Was on a Private Trip to Dubai
The Boston Herald reports that McGrath and Torres were in Dubai when the accident occurred. Fox Boston reports that the pair were on a private trip and not studying in the city. There has been no official confirmation their deaths from the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
2. Her Family Didn’t Know She Was at the Marathon on that Fateful Day
She was a native of Weston, Connecticut. In 2013, her younger brother, Patrick, told the Connecticut Post that her family didn’t know she’d be at the marathon on that fateful day. He said, “She goes to college in Boston. But I didn’t know she was going to the marathon.” The Post reported that as soon as her parents, James and Jill, learned of her injuries, they left Weston Boston immediately. One of her classmates, Bobby Namdar, told the Post, “It’s something that everyone goes to. It’s kind of like a Boston holiday. We’re off from school, so everyone goes.”
According to her LinkedIn page, McGrath was a graduate of Weston High School and was studying business administration and accounting at Northeastern. Since the summer of 2015, she’s been working at Goldman Sachs.
3. Her Rescue Was One of the Most Enduring Images in the Aftermath of the Bombing
A photo of McGrath being rescued by firefighter Jimmy Plourde was one of the most enduring images in the aftermath of the attacks. In a separate statement, the hospital where she was treated, Tufts Medical Center said, “Our hearts ache for the family & friends of our former patient Victoria McGrath. She made a lasting impact on those who knew her.” Initially, Plourde’s identity remained a mystery until he was identified by the Times Union of Albany, he is a native of Colonie, New York.
4. She Said in 2013, ‘We’re Only Going to Get Stronger From This’
McGrath survived the bombing which claimed the lives of three people and injured more than 260 others on April 15, 2013. She was lucky, receiving a leg wound despite only being five feet away from where the bomb exploded. One of her heroes, bystander, Bruce Mendelson, used a T-shirt as a tourniquet before carrying McGrath to a medical tent. She later said the doctors told her that if Plourde hadn’t have done what he did, she could have bled to death. In a segment with the Today show, McGrath said it was the calming influence of U.S. Army officer Tyler Dodd and retired Army medic Alicia Shambo, who got her through the immediate aftermath.
At a May 2013 fundraiser, McGrath would later say, “People come up to me and tell me how terrible this is. And to an extent they are right, but we’re only going to get stronger from this — all of us.”
5. Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a Student a UMass Dartmouth Wanted College Students to Get Hurt
Her death comes just days after new court records were unsealed about Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The Boston Globe reports how he didn’t warn any of his friends about the attack because he allegedly didn’t care if they got hurt. On May 15, 2015, a court in Boston sentenced Tsarnaev to death by lethal injection for his role in the bombing.