An IU doctoral student was among those killed when Malaysia Air Flight 17 crashed in the Ukraine, according to a press release from the university. The Boeing 777 was carrying 298 people when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.
Karlijn Keijzer, 25, earned a master's degree from IU and was a doctoral student in the chemistry department.
“On behalf of the entire Indiana University community, I want to express my deepest sympathies to Karlijn’s family and friends over her tragic death,” Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie said. “Karlijn was an outstanding student and a talented athlete, and her passing is a loss to the campus and the university. Our hearts also go out to the families of all the victims of this senseless act.”
Keijzer was also a member of the school's rowing team during the 2011 season. She earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honors.
“The Indiana Rowing family is deeply saddened by the news of Karlijn’s sudden passing,” Indiana head rowing coach Steve Peterson said. “She came to us for one year as a graduate student and truly wanted to pursue rowing. That year was the first year we really started to make a mark with the First Varsity 8 boat, and she was a huge reason for it. She was a phenomenal student and loved IU so much that she stayed here after she earned her master’s degree. Our condolences go out to her family and friends in this very tough time.”
A Malaysia Airlines official said 189 of the passengers were Dutch. There were also 29 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, nine from the United Kingdom, four each from Germany and Belgium, three from the Philippines, one each from Canada and New Zealand and four passengers whose nationalities have yet to be confirmed, said Huib Gorter, the airline's regional vice president for Europe told reporters at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.