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IU student among passengers of airliner downed over Ukraine

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — An Indiana University student was one of the passengers aboard a Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down Thursday in eastern Ukraine, leaving no survivors, according to a news release from the school.

IU confirmed that Karlijn Keijzer, 25, was on the Boeing 777 carrying 295 people. Keijzer, who was from Amsterdam, was a doctoral student in the chemistry department in the IU College of Arts and Sciences. She also earned her master's degree from IU and was a member of the women's rowing team in 2011.

"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, according to the news release. "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 also a member of the school's Varsity 8 boat during the 2011 season, helping them to a 14-5 record, according to the release.

"The Indiana Rowing family is deeply saddened by the news of Karlijn's sudden passing," Indiana head rowing coach Steve Peterson said in the release. "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."

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