Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The death of one has helped bring opportunities for many.
Li Guo was a visiting scholar at Binghamton University.
She was learning English when she was killed at the American Civic Association.
While visiting, she was working to develop partnerships between Binghamton University and Shenzhen University in China.
That partnership has blossomed since her death.
BU students visited Shenzhen in January.
And students from China will be visiting the Vestal Campus this summer.
Professors say the process was slow, but says it never would have happened without Guo's work.
"She would have been able to facilitate a lot of the connections that we had to re-establish after the shooting. I think it's a real testament to the Chinese, to our Chinese colleagues that they wanted to continue the relationship despite the bad news. I feel really good that what we have done is not dropped the ball and not seen her work essentially be in vain," says Binghamton University Associate Professor Tom Sinclair.
A weeping cherry tree was planted outside of the Binghamton University downtown center in honor of Guo.
It is expected to bloom every year around the anniversary of the shootings.