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Tragic House Fire Takes Life of Former RAGBRAI Dream Teamer

It is with great sadness to report that the Dream Team lost one of their former members in a tragic house fire this week.  Nyakouth Choul, 17, was found by firefighters inside a home in Boone.  Chuol transferred from East High School in Des Moines to Future’s Alternative High School in Boone in March.  Nyakouth last rode with the Dream Team in 2011.

She will be missed by her Dream Team teammates and mentors.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.


A memorial fund  has been established to help pay for funeral expenses for Nyakouth.  Money gathered will also help buy new clothes and personal items for the surviving woman who lived in the house and lost her belongings.  Money can be sent to Youth & Shelter Services, 420 Kellogg Ave., Ames, IA 50014.

Click to read a full story in the Des Moines Register




7 Responses on “Tragic House Fire Takes Life of Former RAGBRAI Dream Teamer

Angie Dingman Lancaster

May 18, 2013 at 7:18 am

Thoughts and prayers for her friends and family. Continued prayers for the surviving women. <3

Dale Klipstein

May 18, 2013 at 8:16 am

My thought and prayers are for her and family also. This shouldn’t happen in this day and age.

Kevin Fitzgerald

May 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

My deepest condolences to all those who knew and rode with Nyakouth. I hope good memories of time spent with her will help see you through this difficult time.
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Jeff Dunn

May 18, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Truly very sad to hear. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and co-riders on the Dream Team. The Dream Team is a wonderful program and I am glad she had a chance to be part of it.

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