Family, friends hold vigil for Rice student killed in Metro train accident

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by Kevin Reece / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 26, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 6:00 PM

HOUSTON -- A vigil was held Friday for a young college student who was hit and killed earlier this week by a Metro train while riding her bike in downtown Houston.

Vivian Ziwei Guan’s friends, family and co-workers crowded onto the Main Street Square Metro platform. They brought balloons and flowers, and tied them, with her picture to the platform railing -- just feet away from where she died.

They wept for the young woman described as an angel and a beautiful spirit -- whose life ended too soon.

Monday morning, the Rice University architecture student was headed to her summer internship at an architecture firm downtown. She exited the northbound train, and got onto her bicycle.

Police said she tried to cross Main Street too soon as the southbound train arrived.

Guan’s parents traveled to Houston from their home in New Zealand to see this place and to meet the friends who had taken her in as one of their own.

“The family at the conclusion of their visit to our office today told us that we took away their sadness,” Scott Zeigler said. That they knew she was loved and she loved being here at Rice University and the Zeigler Cooper office.”

Only a few words were offered at this vigil, grieving as they held hands and struggled through the Lord’s Prayer.

Now they wait for answers from the METRO investigation -- whether this was just as horrible accident, the choice of a wrong left turn by a young woman whose path showed so much promise.

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