Boston University confirms graduate student was killed in the bombings at the Boston Marathon

BOSTON - One of the three people killed in the dual bombing attacks during the Boston Marathon was a graduate student at Boston University.

"One of the fatalities in yesterday’s bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon has been identified as a Boston University graduate student," Boston University President Robert Brown said in a statement.

The university has not released the name of the student, pending permission from the family to do so.

According to the campus newspaper, BU Today, the student was watching the race with two friends near the finish line. Another of the friends, also a BU graduate student, was injured and is currently in stable condition.

Boston University is making counseling available for students.

The Chinese Consulate in New York says the third victim killed was a Chinese national. A second Chinese student was also injured in the blast, according to an official who was not authorized to give his name.

The official said a work group from the consulate was in Boston to investigate the situation and assist relatives of the victims.

The official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that relatives have requested that the deceased not be identified.

The two blasts occurred about 12 seconds apart at separate locations along Boylston Street, which leads to the finish line in Copley Square. The blasts went off just before 3 p.m. EST, while many runners were still on the course.

The other two people killed in the twin blasts were identified as Krystle Campbell, 29, and Martin Richard, 8. Both are Massachusetts residents who were at the finish line cheering on runners.