WATERLOO, Iowa – Lindsay Nichols left Waterloo East High School nearly four years before but, for two hours, on Thursday night, her legacy lingered at the school where she excelled.
"It just hit me now that she's gone," said Kelsey Summers, 21, a classmate at Waterloo East and longtime friend said Thursday at a vigil in Nichols' memory. "I can't believe that Saturday was the last time I will ever see her."
Nichols, 22, died after the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office said Dr. Tim Roses, 44, of Waterloo shot her once in the chest near the intersection of 9th and Stevens in Jesup after 9 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators say Roses killed himself at the scene with a gunshot wound to the chest.
The victim, who had lived in Evansdale at the time of her killing, graduated from Waterloo East in 2008 and was a member of the school's National Honor Society. More than 250 people, including numerous childhood friends, joined in the candlelight vigil at sunset on the steps in front of East High School's western entrance, playing music for an hour before brief speeches from school staffers that remembered Nichols.
Nichols' Facebook page may offer clues into the relationship with Roses. A posting in early February declares that her relationship with the man had ended and that Roses was reaching out to some of her other Facebook connections.
One family member said, in the years after high school, Nichols did graduate with a degree in radiology from Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. Roses was also a radiologist.
The Nichols family does hold some prominence within the community as the victim's late grandfather was, at one time, the mayor of Evansdale and her father, Thomas, is a deputy with the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office.