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“Best friend I ever had,” Vigil honors two UNI students killed in car crash

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Snow-covered roads have been blamed for a deadly crash that killed two University of Northern Iowa students over the weekend.

The crash happened on Highway 14 in Grundy County yesterday, near Conrad. Their car lost control on the slick roads and collided head-on with a semi.

Tonight, over a hundred students gathered together at UNI. They sang together and stood in silence, to honor and remember the two 21-year-old students who were tragically killed.

The Glee Club and other students stood in solidarity, honoring Justin Kime and Tristan Marlow.

Justin was from Minnesota, majoring in Management Information Systems, and we’re told he was interested in working full-time at John Deere.

His friend says, “He was the kind of guy who would just light up the whole room. You know Justin could put a smile on anyone’s face no matter the circumstances.”

Justin’s roommate remembers some of their last moments together, saying, “Justin had just had a dinner date with his girlfriend; they had been dating for more than five years.”

Meanwhile, Tristan was from Council Bluffs, majoring in Religion.

Tristan’s friend, Tyler Hopping, says, “We grew up together, through thick and thin, we were like brothers…. This was supposed to be our last semester together. We were supposed to graduate on the same day.”

Lives cut too short….

Hopping says, “My nickname for Tristan was nacho; he was nacho typical guy. Best friend I ever had, so thank you nacho.”

Faith was very important to both Justin and Tristan. They were both members of the Knights of Columbus, a catholic organization. They were on their way back from the Iowa Rally of College Knights, when the car accident happened.

There will be a celebration of life for the students. This will be Wednesday night at 9 p.m. at Saint Stephen.


Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist

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