To all members of the Northeastern Community:

It is with the deepest sadness that I write to inform you that Victoria McGrath, DMSB ’16, and Priscilla Perez Torres, COS ’16, have perished in a car accident while traveling overseas. Victoria and Priscilla were vibrant, beloved members of our community, and their passing leaves a grievous absence in our community and in our hearts. This is a heartbreaking loss to their families, friends, and to all of us in the Northeastern family.

Victoria was from Weston, Connecticut, and survived severe injuries during the Boston Marathon bombing. She was devoted to helping others through leadership in student organizations and community service work. Priscilla came to Northeastern from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and was passionate about travel and working on issues related to nutrition and women’s health. Each were kind, talented young women, with exceptional futures before them.

In times of tragedy, our community is the foundation of our resilience and the source of our strength. Should you need support, counseling and other resources are available from the Office of Student Affairs at 617-373-4384, and the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service, at 617-373-2728 and

May we all join together in sympathy and heartfelt support for the McGrath and Perez Torres families, and for Victoria’s and Priscilla’s friends and classmates. Victoria and Priscilla touched many of our lives, and we will miss them terribly. Our prayers are with their families and loved ones.


Joseph E. Aoun