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Family remembers University of Iowa student killed in bus crash

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We're hearing from the family of a University of Iowa student killed in a bus crash in Chicago.

Police say the Burlington Trailways bus crashed into a sign on an Interstate on Monday.

Nicole Underwood from Des Moines died. She was 21.

"We were at the bus station and I think we were joking about all the celebrity look alikes that were going to be on the bus," said Brad Underwood, her brother.

Nicole Underwood's brothers say their sister was excited about her trip to Chicago...she was going to see her boyfriend and celebrate the New Year with him.

"When they called her bus, I know she was excited. she was the first one in line, hopped on the bus, all three of us gave her a hug and said you know we love you, she said she was gonna call once her bus got in but....never came," said Brad Underwood.

"She had honestly just been there probably a week and a half ago and she was going back into meet his goddaughter, for the first time, because the goddaughter lived in Florida and doesn't get to come up very often. So that's what she was leaving for," said Alex Underwood, Nicole's brother.

Her brothers say though Nicole hadn't been dating her boyfriend for very long...she was extremely happy...and that there was something about him that reminded her of them. 

"Me and him were very similar people. We both love picking on Nicole, and I think that's kind of what she kind of fell for in a way," said Underwood.

And while Nicole knew how to have a good time...and was full of life, laughter, and adventure. Family and friends all say that at her core Nicole was all about serving and helping others. A legacy that Nicole would want others to continue.

"If you can if you have the means and you can be supportive and helpful to others, that's who she was and that`s who she would want you to be if you had the means to do it and it doesn't, you don't have to do it money," said Angela Phillips, Nicole's aunt. "I mean, volunteer your time, because that's who Nicole would be and what she would want you to be."

A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise money for a scholarship in Nicole's name.

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