Few words are able to describe the sense of emptiness we feel, and by we, I mean everyone that ever got to know Kumi.
There was no scenario in my mind where I ever considered not having Kumi as my friend and being around. It never occurred to me that my friends might also die.
To her family, and especially her sister in Japan whom she spoke about often, I can only say that Kumi was a unique person, unique in every sense of the word. She was very humble and no matter how remarkable her achievements, she always downplayed them and tried to point out that there were other people far more worthy of praise and recognition.
I will always remember Kumi, she was my Japanese sister, she was my friend, she was my companion.
Rest in peace Kumi.