IU student on board Malaysia Airlines flight shot down in Ukraine

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by Bill McCleery, bill.mccleery@indystar.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 19 at 7:38 PM

(INDYSTAR) -- An Indiana University student was on board the Malaysian airliner shot down in eastern Ukraine Thursday.

According to IU spokesman Mark Land:

"Indiana University has learned that Karlijn Keijzer, a doctoral student in the chemistry department in the IU College of Arts and Sciences, was among the passengers on Malaysia Air Flight 17, which crashed Thursday, July 17, leaving no survivors. Keijzer, 25, also earned her master's degree from IU and was a member of the women's rowing team during the 2011 season.

"'On behalf of the entire Indiana University community, I want to express my deepest sympathies to Karlijn's family and friends over her tragic death,' Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie said. 'Karlijn was an outstanding student and a talented athlete, and her passing is a loss to the campus and the university. Our hearts also go out to the families of all the victims of this senseless act.'"

"Keijzer was a member of IU's Varsity 8 boat during the 2011 season, helping them to a 14-5 record. She earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar-Athlete honors as well as Academic All-Big Ten accolades following the 2011 season. A decorated junior rower, Keijzer participated in the European Rowing Junior Championships in 2006 and the World Rowing Junior Championships in 2007.

"'The Indiana Rowing family is deeply saddened by the news of Karlijn's sudden passing,' Indiana head rowing coach Steve Peterson said. 'She came to us for one year as a graduate student and truly wanted to pursue rowing. That year was the first year we really started to make a mark with the First Varsity 8 boat and she was a huge reason for it. She was a phenomenal student and loved IU so much that she stayed here after she earned her master's degree. Our condolences go out to her family and friends in this very tough time.'"

Call Star reporter Bill McCleery at (317) 444-6083. Follow him on Twitter: @BillMcCleery01.

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