Friends Gather to Remember Edline Chun
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Two people have been charged with murder in connection with the death of an RIT adjunct professor.
Friends held a memorial celebration Saturday in honor of seventy-three year old Edline Chun.
For those who knew Edline Chun, the news was unthinkable. Chun was shot to death allegedly by her former neighbor's adopted son. Her friends came together to celebrate her life through song and dance.
Five thousand miles away, on the eastern side of Hawaii, sits Hilo. Known for its cascading waterfalls, it's also where Edline Chun grew up.
"We just loved each other immediately," said Kaiulami Visiko, Chun's friend.
Chun moved to Rochester forty years ago. And after walking into Victoria Visiko's Hawaiian performance studio, there was an instant connection.
"This woman was everything that encompassed aloha spirit, kindness, and love and sharing and compassion," said Visiko.
Chun's only living family members still live in Hilo. After she was tragically murdered last month, her Rochester family or "Ohana" was here to celebrate her life.
Chun's friends say they are still in shock. Police say Jerrell Henry, Chun's former neighbor, and his girlfriend Natalie Johnson went into Chun's home, robbed her, and shot her twice in the head. Police say they then dumped Chun's body in a ravine in Tryon Park.
"I was crushed. I heard it on the news and I literally fell on the floor," said Visiko.
Chun was an adjunct RIT professor and hawaiian culture expert who was very involved in the community.
"If you thought who would be the last person in the world anyone would want to do this to, she would be the one. Just makes it more sad and more tragic," said Wayne Knox, a friend of Chun.
Friends celebrated Chun's life through pictures, stories, and Hawaiian song. The news has spread to the "Big Island." Family and friends in Hilo are preparing their own memorial.
"This is my testimonial for her. To have people come together who love her," Visiko.
New friendships unexpectedly cut short, but none the less, life-changing.
"We just had so many things we wanted to do with her that we didn't get to," said Knox.
Jerrell and Johnson have pleaded not guilty in the murder of Edline Chun and are being held without bail. Donations are being accepted for future memorials including a tree at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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