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Family honoring El Cajon woman killed in Hawaii

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EL CAJON (CBS 8) - An El Cajon woman was remembered Wednesday night by her family after she was killed by flash flooding during a kayak tour in Hawaii.

Aimee Abrahim, 32, was in Hawaii last week for a work trip and to celebrate her sister Crystal's 24th birthday.

On Saturday during a kayaking trip on the Wailua River, tragedy struck when Crystal and Aimee were crossing a stream to return to their kayak.

A freak flash flood swept them away. Crystal survived, but Aimee did not make it.

Aimee, a San Diego State University graduate, was remembered as a model human being who was devoted to her faith and always looking out for everyone else.

"She touched everyone. She had the most beautiful smile and eyes. She just lit up the room. It's going to be the hardest Christmas, but knowing Aimee she wouldn't want us to not celebrate it in her honor," said Crystal.

Loved ones said Aimee was an accomplished marathon runner, known for her compassion, determination and unforgettable laughter.

"Every time it's silent I just remember her laughing. Her laugh was so contagious," said Aimee's sister.

Aimee's family is already working to make sure her memory lives on by carrying out her kindness and compassion.

Crystal and other family members are planning to create a foundation in her memory. A special fund has already been set up in Aimee's name for anyone who would like to help.

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