DES MOINES, Iowa -- Those close to Kelli Basile, who was killed in a Missouri plane crash Sunday, described her as having an infectious smile, kind, also beautiful both inside and out.
Aside from being a Teachers Associate within the Waukee Community Schools District, the 24-year-old and 2010 Valley High School graduate also spent time impacting children in the sports arena at i9 Sports in the metro.
Regional Owner Jeff Mackey said, "She brought a tremendous presence. She certainly had a passion for interacting with kids and parents out at our sports fields every weekend and she was a shining light behind youth sports in the Des Moines area. She will be greatly missed."
An outpouring of sorrow has also extended to Iowa State University and the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority where Kelli served on the chapter's Executive Board before graduating in 2014.
Although young, Kelli will have a long lasting legacy. I9 Sports is already in the process of making sure her memory will not fade away.
"I'm guessing we will come up with an award in her honor that allows her name to live on in legacy with our company and award a particular parent, coach or child who embodied what Kelli lived for at the end of each of our seasons," said Mackey.
Past sorority sisters of Kelli's say they are devastated by the news and at the family's request declined being interviewed at this time.