Two American university students, including one who survived the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, were among four people killed in the Ferrari car accident in Dubai on Sunday.
The two women were involved in the same crash that killed Canadian boxer Cody Nixon, 24, and his cousin, James Michael Portuondo, 27.
Portuondo, 27, was from Canada. His sister Crystal Lopresti posted on Facebook: “On behalf of the Portuondo, Nixon-Lloyd, Jackson, and Lopresti families: I am terribly sorry to have to post this on social media but need to inform all family and friends the quickest way possible of the tragedy we suffered on Saturday night. My dear brother, James Michael Portuondo and my dear cousin, Cody Nixon, passed away yesterday in a horrible car accident in Dubai.
“We ask that everyone kindly give us a few days to gather ourselves. We greatly appreciate all the support everyone has shown. There is still a lot of uncertainty and confusion. James and Cody will not be returning home for at least a week. We will arrange services and be sure to inform everyone with the details once known.”
Victoria McGrath, 23
McGrath was a Northeastern University student due to graduate this year from its school of business. She was from Weston, Connecticut, and lived in Boston, Massachusetts.
McGrath was a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, where she received severe shrapnel injuries. A photograph of her being carried, bloodied, from the scene of the explosion was broadcast around the world.
Priscilla Perez Torres
Torres was from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and lived in Boston, where she studied at Northeastern University. She was also scheduled to graduate this spring. According to a statement by university president, Joseph E Aoun, she was passionate about travel, nutrition and women’s health. Her Facebook profile says that she worked as a clinical research coordinator at New England Baptist Hospital.
Her brother, Javier Enrique Torres, posted a picture on his Facebook page of himself with Priscilla, saying in Spanish: “You were the light of our family, a free spirit, brave, and above all with a huge heart, we’ll never forget you.”
Cody Nixon, 24
Nixon was from Toronto, Canada. He trained at Motor City Boxing Club, and was a Brampton Cup champion, Arnie Boehm champion and Ontario champion. Nixon was also a three-time Ray McGibbons Gloves gold medallist.
He was on a round-the-world trip at the time of his death, a trip he was detailing to his near 3,700 Instagram followers through photos and videos @travelwithcody. He had recently posted pictures and footage of himself skydiving on Aruba island, in the Caribbean. Another post from a week ago shows him driving off-road in a 4x4 and jet skiing, with the caption: “Live every day as it was your last.”