J.P. and Paul Norden, brothers who each lost a limb in the April 2013 bombing, posted a note to Facebook about McGrath, along with a photo. “Life can change in an instant…we know this only too well. Those who survived the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2013 all had a special bond…our hearts are heavy tonight after hearing that one of our fellow survivors lost their life in a car accident.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of 23 year old Victoria McGrath. A young energetic beautiful soul gone too soon…God bless you Victoria…until we meet again.”
Tufts Medical Center, where McGrath underwent treatment after the bombing, posted a note to Twitter:
Standing five feet from the first bomb when it went off, according to NECN.com, McGrath suffered a serious leg injury and was treated immediately by Tyler Dodd, a former U.S. Army officer who used a T-shirt as a tourniquet. Boston firefighter James Plourde carried her to a medical tent.
McGrath was from Weston, Conn. She was 23. Torres is from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. They were both members of the class of 2016.
Joseph D. Aoun, Northeastern’s president, wrote in an email (via the Boston Globe) to the school community that was “devoted to helping others through leadership in student organizations and community service work.” He recalled that Perez Torres was passionate about travel and women’s health issues.
“Each were kind, talented young women, with exceptional futures before them,” Aoun said in the letter. “Their passing leaves a grievous absence in our community and in our hearts.”