With her degree after graduation she might have found a good job in the U.S. or returned home to China to be closer to her parents and both sets of grandparents. But now that will never be.
"All the dreams we had, all the goals we had, they are all gone," he said. "This has torn our world apart. We are still not able to accept this."
As of Thursday, the family had still not informed the grandparents of Linzgi Lu's death. Again and again they told us they just don't think her grandparents can bear the loss.
And even though her name had been released by her own school and had been published in the local press, her uncle said he held out hope her grandparents would not come across it. They were still holding onto hope that perhaps there was a mistake and the young woman would soon call them to say she was ok. One day, they might ask when she was going to call to check in. But for now her father and mother and uncle held onto her name, as if it was all they had left.