SAN FRANCISCO —
The two teenagers killed in the crash were close friends and top students.
Wang Linjia showed talent in physics and calligraphy; Ye Mengyuan was a champion gymnast who excelled in literature. Both were part of a trend among affluent Chinese families willing to spend thousands of dollars to send their children to the U.S. for a few weeks in the summer to practice English and hopefully boost their chances of attending a U.S. college — considered better than China's alternatives by many Chinese families.
The girls posted their last messages on their microblog accounts Thursday and Friday. The last posting from Wang said simply, "Go."