This is absolutely devastating. Victoria McGrath, a brave survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings, has tragically died in an overseas car accident, her school announced on March 7. The college senior was only 23 years old and was known for appreciating the ‘fragility of life.’ It’s so sad!
Victoria McGrath, was killed in a car crash in Dubai along with a fellow Northeastern student, Northeastern University revealed on March 7. The 23 year-old, who was about to graduate college this spring, suffered severe injuries after the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. America now mourns the brave young women whose unwavering determination to get better after the terrorist attack inspired other survivors. One thing’s for sure, this “vibrant” young woman will not be forgotten.
“We are stunned, shocked, and heartbroken,” Victoria’s mother, Jill McGrath, wrote in an email to NBC News after learning about the tragic death of her daughter. The bombing survivor and her friend, Priscilla Perez Torres, were killed in a car crash while on a personal trip in Dubai. Jill and Northeastern University in Boston confirmed their deaths on March 7.
In its statement, Northeastern extended condolences to the families of the two women. “Victoria and Priscilla were vibrant, beloved members of our community, and their passing leaves a grievous absence in our community and in our hearts,” the university said. “Each were kind, talented young women, with exceptional futures before them.”And that’s an understatement!
Victoria McGrath survived bombing with help from Colonie Native Jimmy Plourde. She passed away in car crash in Dubai pic.twitter.com/DQc4c6tdPh
— Jessica Layton (@JessicaLayton13) March 8, 2016
Victoria touched almost everyone she met with her positivity, strength, and light, according to those who knew her most. And after the horrific Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013, the young student became an iconic symbol of the terrorist attacks when a photo of her being carried to safety by a Boston firefighter went viral.
The then 20-year-old Victoria was standing five feet away from where the first bomb exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. An inch-long piece of shrapnel pierced one of her legs and sent her sprawling on the pavement, screaming in pain. Victoria spent weeks recovering in the care of doctors and nurses at Tufts Medical Center after suffering nerve damage in her leg.
Our hearts ache for the family & friends of our former patient Victoria McGrath. She made a lasting impact on those who knew her.
— Tufts Medical Center (@TuftsMedicalCtr) March 7, 2016
The rescuers who helped save McGrath’s life in 2013 said they were devastated by the news of her death. “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, the Boston firefighter who carried Victoria to a medical tent after the attack, told WFXT.
Bruce Mendelsohn, who is another one of the heroes who helped save Victoria after the 2013 tragedy told ABC News that Victoria appreciated “the fragility of life” and had “perspective well beyond her years.” He added, “She had a sense of humor… she brought a lot of joy to people. She very much understood the nature of joy.” How horrific to have lost such a loving, vivacious young woman.
Our thoughts are with the McGrath family during this extremely difficult time.