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109250224 CU Grad Killed In Vietnam Boat Sinking

A picture shows the tourist boat sunk in Halong Bay near to Titop island in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh on February 17, 2011. Twelve people, most of them foreign tourists, died on February 17, when the tour boat suddenly sank while they slept in Halong Bay, one of Vietnam's top tourist destinations, officials said. (credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) ― The father of one of the Americans killed in the sinking of a Vietnamese tour boat says she was “every parent’s dream.”

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Samantha Taylor in an undated Facebook photo (credit: Facebook.com)

Samantha Kay Taylor graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May and had been teaching in China. Her boyfriend, CU student George Fosmire, survived but his father told The Associated Press that an unidentified friend they were traveling with also died.

Taylor’s father, Edward Taylor, lives in Norfolk, Va. In a statement given to Boulder’s Daily Camera newspaper, he said she had a great intellect but was well-rounded and very loving.

Taylor graduated with degrees in math and physics. She worked to promote recycling at the university’s environmental center. She also helped build an after-school program aimed at getting elementary and middle school students interested in in science.

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