Victoria McGrath’s accident in Dubai has shocked students at the Northeastern University. McGrath, who was one of the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, was with another student, who identified as Priscilla Perez Torres, when she was tragically killed in a car accident, according to Boston.
Northeastern said McGrath and Torres were in Dubai on a personal trip. Victoria and Priscilla were roommates and set to graduate this year.
“Northeastern University has confirmed that two undergraduate students have been tragically killed in a car accident overseas,” the university said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Victoria McGrath and Priscilla Perez Torres in this extremely difficult time.”
Northeastern confirmed that McGrath, who was 23, survived serious injuries sustained in the Boston Marathon bombing. Victoria was also an inspiration to those who were also injured from the bombing.
In a statement about Victoria McGrath’s accident emailed to the school community Monday, Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun called McGrath’s and Torres’s deaths “a heartbreaking loss to their families, friends, and to all of us in the Northeastern family.”
“Victoria was from Weston, Connecticut, and survived severe injuries during the Boston Marathon bombing,” wrote Aoun. “She was devoted to helping others through leadership in student organizations and community service work. Priscilla came to Northeastern from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and was passionate about travel and working on issues related to nutrition and women’s health. Each were kind, talented young women, with exceptional futures before them.”
Boston firefighter James Plourde carried McGrath away from Boylston Street after the bombing. In a statement Monday Plourde said his family is “devastated with the loss of our dearest friend.”
“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,” Plourde wrote.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McGrath and Perez Torres Family’s as they deal with this unimaginable tragedy.”
Marathon bombing hero Carlos Arredondo said that he knew McGrath, and that they had traveled together to France in 2013 with a group of Marathon bombing survivors. He said he saw her last year at the Marine Corps Birthday Celebration at the Boston Convention Center.
“She was loved by everyone in the Boston Marathon survivor group, because she was so sweet,” said Arredondo. “Seeing that this happened to her, I cannot believe it.”
Brothers JP and Paul Norden, who each lost a limb in the Marathon bombing, also spoke. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of 23 year old Victoria McGrath,” the post read. “A young energetic beautiful soul gone too soon.”
Tufts Medical Center Vice President of Public Affairs Brooke Hynes said she as shocked to learn of Victoria McGrath’s accident. Hynes spent a lot of time with McGrath as she recovered from her injuries at the hospital. Hynes said McGrath was a very lovely, smart, and engaging young woman.
“She had a great spirit to her, and I think she jumped right in to making a full recovery,” Hynes said. “She continued to touch everyone on follow-up visits…we’re all very heartbroken here.”