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Bus of VCU students heading to funeral on Saturday

Carolina Perez Carolina Perez

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -- Friends in Richmond will board a bus Saturday morning, to say a final goodbye to Carolina Perez, the VCU student killed in a drunk driving accident.

The bus -- provided by the school -- will leave Saturday morning at 9 headed to the funeral in Virginia Beach. It will leave Richmond with heavy hearts, tears and a lot of memories.

You can't walk into the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart without seeing Carolina Perez's beaming smile, with candles flickering and messages written all around it.

Rose and Nadine were Carolina's best friends. "It's been tough. Especially every time I see her picture out in the house or here."

It's here inside this church -- and inside this catholic campus ministry building -- that Carolina loved to visit. It's Carolina's friends here that will board a bus early Saturday morning to head to her funeral in Virginia Beach.

Nicholas Stein helped organize the bus ride. "Getting to Virginia Beach isn't an easy trek, especially for students who don't have cars. So it's a great benefit the university is providing (the bus)."

All of the messages will head down on the bus along with flowers.

Although the bus is full, we've learned that several of Carolina's friends will be caravanning down in their own cars to pay their final respects.

"Even on her Facebook page, people who already are down there are welcoming people in. They are even offering to let people stay overnight," Nadine. 

This as police continue to investigate the deadly accident at 2nd and Canal streets. Varinder Chahal has been charged with DUI and manslaughter.

Despite it all, Carolina's friends think she wouldn't be mad. "I strongly believe she would be like, 'why did you do this?' and 'why did this happen?'. But, she's not the type to hold a grudge and she would have forgiven him."

But no one will ever forget what was taken away from them.

The two other VCU students in the car with Carolina were expected to be released from the hospital tonight.

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