Confusion Surrounds Identity Of Third Boston Victim

A Chinese graduate student at Boston University was misidentified as the deceased. But according to Chinese media outlets, Zhao Danling has woken up from a coma and is conscious and communicating with visitors as she recovers at Boston Medical Center.

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Two hours earlier, Boston University released a statement saying that the third victim of the Boston Marathon bombings was a graduate student at their institution.

A #BU graduate student was killed in yesterday's blasts. Our thoughts and prayers are with the student's loved ones. http://t.co/0o7Vm5n0Wu

A #BU graduate student was killed in yesterday's blasts. Our thoughts and prayers are with the student's loved ones. http://t.co/0o7Vm5n0Wu-- Boston University

Soon after the university released the statement, the Huffington Post published a story identifying the victim as a Chinese BU graduate student, Zhou Danling.

Correction: An earlier version of this article contained the name and a photo of Zhou Danling's classmate, who is still missing. As their status is still unknown, the name and photo have been removed.

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