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Friends Of Queens Woman Killed In Train Derailment Mourn Loss

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One of the victims killed in Sunday's train derailment in the Bronx lived in Queens, and friends remembered her as an ideal nurse and a good friend. NY1's Arlene Borenstein filed the following report.

Friends described 34-year-old Kisook Ahn as an angel taken too soon.

"Most of the people, they cry whenever they hear about it," said Yeon Kyung Lim, a nurse at Elmhurst Hospital who was Ahn's mentor while she studied to become a nurse practitioner at Lehman College.

Reading the last text Ahn sent her, she said the hardworking student looked out for everyone.

"'Happy Thanksgiving. Be careful for cold weather, especially flu,'" Lim read.

With her parents dead, Ahn came to the United States in 2008, leaving behind her sister and brother.

Colleagues described her as the ideal nurse who enjoyed working with special needs children.

Members of the Greater New York Korean Nurses Association were hit hard by the tragedy.

"Right now, I'm waiting to meet her family," said Myungsook Cho, president of the Greater New York Korean Nurses Association.

Association officials said that Ahn was remembered for being part of their annual gala, where she was selected to greet guests.

"We need somebody who can be bright, kind and beautiful person in the front desk, so I said, 'That's a good idea," Cho said.

Unable to find a nursing job in Queens, Ahn was commuting from her apartment in Woodside to the Children's Rehabilitation Center, where she worked in Ossining, N.Y.

Colleagues said that she would have had a bright road ahead of her had her life not ended on those tracks.

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