Boulder couple killed in Colorado flooding remembered at service Saturday

Hundreds gathered for memorial at NCAR

BOULDER, Colo. - Wesley Quinlan liked to make short films and recently had been accepted into Colorado Film School after having ambitions since grade school to become a director.

His girlfriend, Wiyanna Nelson, often wrote poetry, including one about her resolve to remain positive through life's challenges.

Friends and family say the pair were creative, free spirits and fearless. And they were remembered Saturday at a memorial service that drew an estimated 375 people to the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.

Both 19, the couple lost their lives in the Colorado Floods the evening of Sept. 11 when they were returning from a birthday party. They were swept away after their car became stuck in a mudslide and they left their vehicle, the Boulder Daily Camera reported.

Quinlan's aunt led the ceremony and said those who spent time with the couple could see how much they cared for each other.

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