Among the MH17 Victims: Indiana U Student, Rower
Remembering Karlijn Keijzer
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2014 2:04 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by Indiana University on Friday, July 18, 2014 shows Karlijn Keijzer.   (AP Photo/Indiana University)

(Newser) – Just one American was among the 298 killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but also among the victims was an Indiana University doctoral student. Karlijn Keijzer, a 25-year-old Dutch citizen, was a chemistry researcher and, in 2011, a member of the women's rowing team. "Karlijn was, by all accounts, a bright star in the IU constellation, a gifted student and athlete, and a talented researcher with a passion for making the world better through science," says the executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in a press release. "This is a profoundly sad day in the College." She came to IU in 2010, and was currently a member of a chemistry research team and an associate instructor in the chemistry department.

Under NCAA rules, Keijzer was only eligible to row for one year, but that was enough to make an impact on the head women's rowing coach. He tells Time she was one of the best he's coached in three decades, and she helped propel the school on the path that took it to the NCAA championships for the first time this season. She was registered for classes this fall, but was en route for a summer vacation in Indonesia with her boyfriend when she was killed. The American killed on the flight, 19-year-old Quinn Schansman, was born in the US but spent most of his life in the Netherlands while keeping his dual citizenship, the New York Times reports. A business student and soccer player, he was on his way to meet his family for a vacation in Indonesia, where his grandfather was born.

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Jerman
Jul 20, 2014 4:44 AM CDT
Europe will be Muslim by 2050 in most countries. Belgium by 2030. Russia believes they will be allies of Islam but Muslims remember they were once communists and Allah decrees they die, so only a matter of time before Chechnya erupts again. Once the population of Europe becomes Muslim, the extremist elements will enforce Sharia law because they are willing to kill anyone to do so. Also, sanctions only make them laugh. The only retribution from the plane going down will the talk show pundits debating what is to be done, while Russia weathers the outrage and continues on their merry way back into the Cold War.
Lefty_Libby
Jul 19, 2014 8:44 PM CDT
She sounds like an amazing person. How sad for her family.
WillyB
Jul 19, 2014 4:45 PM CDT
What happened to the young man, Quinn Schasman, I believe, who was reported as an American on the flight? Anybody know? At any rate, my heart goes out to the families.