BEIJING - Tan Wei, the Malaysian student who was killed in the new year's eve stampede in Shanghai, has been described as a jovial and helpful friend.
Her high school classmate William Chow said she was a person who would spread laughter and happiness in class.
"We became close friends as we were fans of Taiwanese artiste Jay Chou. We also had the same hobby, which was Chinese painting.
"It is not easy to find a friend who shares the same passion as you," said Chow, the president of the Malaysian Students Association in China.
Tan was an agriculture resources and environment undergraduate at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou while Chow is studying Chinese Medicine at Beijing University.
Chow said he last saw Tan in August 2013 during a holiday back in Malaysia.
"We had planned to have a gathering with our classmates and teachers from Hin Hua High School during Chinese New Year.
"We don't meet up often but kept in touch via mobile chatting all this while, keeping our friendship alive throughout the years," he said.
Tan's death came as a blow to her friends in China as they prepared for their final exams.
Chow said the group of high school friends would be visiting her family back home to extend their condolences.
Mohd Kamil Ab Ghani, consul at the Malaysian consulate-general in Shanghai, said the mission had requested the Shanghai authorities to issue the death certificate as soon as possible in order for Tan's family to proceed with the next arrangements.
Officers from the consulate-general have been with the family of Tan and Ooi Hooi Yi, the other Malaysian injured during the stampede, since Thursday.
Tan and Ooi are cousins. Ooi was visiting China for a holiday.
Chinese media reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping had instructed Shanghai to investigate the cause of the stampede.