Friends Want to Leave Lasting Tribute to Murdered Friend At Museum
Friends and community members are hoping to raise enough money to put up a permanent memorial to remember an RIT adjunct professor who was murdered earlier this month.
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"She was so full of the aloha spirit. The aloha spirit meaning love and kindness and sharing and caring."
Victoria Visiko speaks about Edline Chun with tears in her eyes, and a smile. They were friends for more than a decade, sharing in their love for Hawaii. Chun was from the Big Island.
"When she was murdered, I thought, how can I find closure in this? I probably could never find closure with this but I can do as much as possible," said Visiko.
Rochester Police said Chun was shot and killed during an apparent robbery. Her body was found in Tryon Park February 6th.
Chun was an adjunct professor at RIT for nearly 20 years and served on several community and neighborhood group boards. Friends like Visiko still shocked by Chun's death, are getting together to make sure people never forget what a special person "Auntie Eddie" was.
Visiko and her husband, an artist, reached out to the Memorial Art Gallery. They want to raise $5,000 to plant a tree or $10,000 to place a bench in Chun's memory in the museum's Sculpture Park. The park's been three years in the making and is set to officially open to the public in May.
"There's no admission charge in our Sculpture Park. People can come here, they can sit down, they have their lunch here, they can play guitar," explained MAG Director of Gallery Advancement Joe Carney. "They can have an art experience- and remember her."
"That's why we decided to do that because it is open to the public. And she was so involved in different parts of the community," said Visiko. "People can come in and sit on her bench..."
People can donate directly to the museum or at some upcoming memorials for Chun.
The first will be a Hawaiian Cultural Memorial Celebration at Mario's from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. They're asking friends and those who knew Chun to attend.
There will be a memorial for her at RIT Tuesday March 6th from 4:30-6 p.m. That will be held at the university's Interfaith Chapel.
And there will be a larger community memorial service for Chun at St. Mark's and St. John's Church on March 9th at 2 p.m.
According to the Rochester Police Department, a person of interest is in custody in connection to Chun's death. That person is being held on a parole violation. Police say the investigation continues.