Twenty-three year old Victoria McGrath was seriously injured during the Boston Bombings by the terrorist Tsarnaev brothers, Muslim refugees from Chechnya. She recovered from her injuries and was living life to the fullest, attending college at Northeastern University. She was supposed to graduate this year.
But, unfortunately, rather than celebrating her monumental graduation day, McGrath’s family will instead bury her.
Northeastern University announced that McGraft died in a car accident in Dubai along with her friend and classmate, Priscilla Perez Torres.
In a statement, the university explained what happened.
“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.”
While the two were studying abroad, they were on a personal trip to Dubai when the accident occured.
Victoria maintained a relationship with the two individuals who are credited with saving her life on that tragic day in Boston.
Bruce Mendelsohn recounted how he saw Victoria bleeding profusely from her calf. He wrapped a tourniquet around her leg to stop the bleeding then called for help. He said after that day, Victoria became like a sister to him. He added, “She embraced life with a zeal that was an example for all of us.”
Boston Firefighter James Plourde is the one who took over once Mendelsohn called for help that day. He carried Victoria to safety and said that she also became like a member of his family. His family, he said, is devastated by the death of Victoria.
He shared how their intertwined lives on that terrible day grew to be one of familial love and support.
“After the Boston Marathon Bombing Victoria become a major part of my life as well as my families. 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.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McGrath and Perez Torres Family’s as they deal with this unimaginable tragedy.”
h/t CBS Boston