Indiana University student among 298 dead in crash

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — An Indiana University student from the Netherlands was on board the Malaysian airliner shot down Thursday in eastern Ukraine, university officials said Friday.

Karlijn Keijzer, 25, of Amsterdam was a doctoral student in chemistry at the university about 50 miles southwest of Indianapolis who also earned her master's degree from Indiana University, spokesman Mark Land said. She 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," McRobbie said.

Most of the passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were Dutch, according to the airline. The 15 crew members were all Malaysian.

A breakdown of the nationalities on board:

• 189 Netherlands

• 44 Malaysia

• 27 Australia

• 12 Indonensia

• 9 UK

• 4 Belgium

• 4 Germany

• 3 Philippines

• 1 Canada

• 1 New Zealand

Four passengers' nationalities remain to be verified, airline officials said Friday.

Keijzer earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete honors as well as Academic All-Big Ten accolades as a member of the 14-5 record varsity rowing team, Indiana University officials said. She 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. ... She was a phenomenal student and loved IU so much that she stayed here after she earned her master's degree."


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