Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E) – A doctoral student in chemistry at the Indiana University (IU) was among 189 Dutch passengers killed in the shooting down and crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine on Thursday.
Karlijn Keijzer, 25, of Amsterdam also took up her master’s degree at the IU and was a member of the women’s rowing team during the 2011 season, according to the school’s spokesman, Mark Land.
IU President Michael A. McRobbie issued a statement Friday offering sympathies to the family of the outstanding student and talented athlete.
In Amsterdam and across Netherlands, flags fly at half mast at government buildings in mourning for the death of Keijzer and 188 other citizens. Also among the fatalities was influential Dutch AIDS expert Joep Lange and his partner, Jacqueline.
Lange, former president of the International AIDS Society (IAS), and 99 others were headed to an international AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia that will start on Sunday when their plane was shot down and crashed. He spent more than 30 years researching and fighting HIV and AIDS. He was also known for advocating cheap access to HIV and AIDS treatments in poor countries.
The other nationalities killed in the crash were 44 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 9 Britons, 4 Belgians, 4 Germans, 3 Filipinos, 1 Canadian and 1 New Zealander. Airline officials said four passengers’ identity was being verified.