Lu Lingzi was fairly typical for a 23-year old Chinese woman. Shy and petite, she was fond of taking photographs of her many culinary creations, pics she would then post on her Sina Weibo microblog account. Lu's many friends described her as vivacious, intelligent, and determined. She clearly had a bright future.
[Lu] came to this country with as much hope and dreams as you and I did -- a life so beautiful and so full of promise, only to end so abruptly! The impact on her family and loved ones will never go away. And as for the rest of us, the terror that seized upon us may inevitably make us question the American society, and the choices we (and in some cases, our parents) made to come here. But we must be stronger than we've ever been. We must be better than we've ever been. If we allow the violent extremism and terrorism to shake us and terrify us, then they would have won. Even though we are on a foreign land, we have each other and we have our school communities.