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Woman killed by school bus remembered

Michelle Kim Michelle Kim
Ilhyeon Nam Ilhyeon Nam

By Oscar Valenzuela - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A memorial service was held Sunday evening at the Logos Korean church to mourn the loss of a beloved church member and friend.

On Friday, 65-year-old Michelle Kim was struck and killed by a Roberts Hawaii school bus near the intersection of University avenue and Kapiolani blvd.

Ilhyeon Nam the Senior pastor at the church said, "All of our church members miss her a lot. When we got the sad news we could only cry and weep."

Many of the church members didn't hear about her death until Saturday night. Her pastor says she spent most of her days at the church volunteering and always going out of her way to help.

Michelle Kim was a senior deacon and a long time member of the church choir. Pastor Nam says her dedication wasn't surprising, it was part of who she was.

"When she came from South Korea, it was very hard to settle down here. She had to work very hard to survive, but she enjoyed her life in Hawaii. She was here 30 to 40 years, she was a real Hawaiian", says pastor Nam.

She touched more people than just in her congregation. Melanie Belden showed up to the Korean church to pay her respects and remembers a wonderful woman she'd met a few years before.

"She never used to have family here in Hawaii so I used to tell her I was her daughter because we'd see each other every day. We lost an angel, she was an angel." said Belden, who attended Sunday night's Korean language service with her husband.

Drug test results are expected on Monday on the Roberts Hawaii school bus driver who allegedly struck and killed Kim. 

A spokesperson says the drug test is standard procedure for anyone involved in a crash.

The bus driver is on administrative leave.


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