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Mourners grieve senseless loss of life

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

In the flickering, peaceful radiance of white candlelight, friends of murder victim, Lindsay Nichols, enveloped Lindsay's family with love and condolences Thursday night on the steps of Waterloo's East High.

The 2008 East High School graduate was shot to death Wednesday night by Dr. Tim Roses, a radiologist with whom friends say Lindsay had recently ended a relationship. After shooting Lindsay Nichols, Dr. Roses turned the gun on himself, ending his life, too.

The Thursday night candlelight memorial crowd of more than three hundred heard testimonials from Lindsay's family and former teachers and friends, as they reflected on the life of the young woman they so deeply loved and respected.

Close friend, Kelsey Summers says of her friend, "She was awesome. I mean, I'm going to miss her so much. No one will ever replace her in the way she could act. It's going be tough,"

For some attending the candlelight vigil, Lindsay's senseless and violent death has shattered the innocence of their own lives.

Lindsay's close friend, Abby Lundy telling KWWL, "I don't think I honestly realize that it's happened yet. I think I'm kind of going through the motions to be strong for the situation. It's going to affect me for the rest of my life."

Lindsay Nichols is the daughter of Black Hawk County Sheriff's Deputy, Tom Nichols, and granddaughter of former Evansdale Mayor, Ron Nichols, Lindsay was an Honors Student at East and is a recent graduate of the Covenant Medical Center School of Radiography. She was preparing to take her Iowa State Radiology Boards, and wanted to make a difference in the lives of others.

In the reflective candlelight of peace and purity, Lindsay's family and loyal friends came together to begin a difficult, personal journey, on a road they hope will someday lead them to healing.

Former longtime East High teacher, Mike Allen, asked the crowd to support the Nichols family as best they can in their time of sorrow.

Allen says, while this tragedy likely could not have been prevented, too many acts of violence have impacted East High and its students. Mike Allen says, "This tragedy was unforeseen. But, there are other tragedies which are foreseen. So, we need to do a better job and say, I'm not going to any more funerals. I have buried many of my students."  

Friend Abby Lundy adding, "It's sad we have to get together for this kind of occasion. But we need each other." 

Each friend will handle the sorrowful journey very differently. The loss of a close friend, especially under such violent circumstances, can create an intricate journey of anguish and sorrow, but, hopefully at some point, peace and understanding.

Kelsey Summers says she realizes how lucky she is to have known someone like Lindsay. "I'm so thankful I got the chance to know her. I love you Lindsay. I'm going to miss you so much." 

Funeral services for Lindsay Nichols are expected to be announced sometime Friday.

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