Indiana University student among Malaysia Air dead

Indiana University student among Malaysia Air dead

People place flowers outside Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Friday, July 18, 2014. Photo: Associated Press/Phil Nijhuis

(Reuters) – A Dutch doctoral student and former member of the Indiana University rowing team was among the nearly 300 passengers killed when a Malaysian airliner went down in Ukraine, the university said on Friday.

Karlijn Keijzer, 25, was a doctoral student in the chemistry department at the university, according to a school statement. She was a member of the Indiana women’s rowing team during the 2010-11 season when she was a graduate student, the university said.

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Head rowing coach Steve Peterson said Keijzer became the leader of the team’s top crew after being recruited from her hometown of Amsterdam.

“She was a phenomenal rower,” Peterson told Reuters. “It was one of the best years we’ve had ever in our team history.”

Peterson described Keijzer as “the ideal student-athlete” and recalled her happy, optimistic demeanor.

“She was always smiling,” he said.

All 298 people on board Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 were killed when it went down on Thursday.

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