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First, another tragic headline. Then the latest letter about grieving from President Robert A. Brown. Another vigil, another funeral.
It is a cycle that has become painfully familiar at Boston University this year, where 11 students, including undergraduates and graduate students, have died in the past 13 months in accidents or violence. The array of tragedies cover so many ways a young life could end suddenly: a senseless shooting, traffic accidents, a death after a fraternity party.
Just this month, graduate student Lu Lingzi was killed in the marathon bombing. And Sunday morning, marine science major Binland Lee perished in a fire in her Allston apartment.
At a university of 33,000 students, most did not know the victims personally. But still, on campus Monday, many felt somber.