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Self defense class held in honor of slain student

Posted August 2, 2008
Updated August 3, 2008

— A Violence Prevention Training Class was held Saturday in memory of a murdered University of North Carolina at Charlotte student.

Irina Yarmolenko, who is from Chapel Hill, was found dead on the banks of the Catawba River in Mount Holly on May 5. Police said the 20-year-old was asphyxiated.

On Saturday the department held an event to teach women, ages 13 to 65, self-defense moves.

The Realistic Female Self-Defense Company and the Personal Defense Readiness division of BLAUER Tactical Systems Inc. organized the event in conjunction with Yarmolenko's brother, Pavel Yarmolenko.


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  • TheAdmiral Aug 4, 2008

    All I can say is that it would have been another life saved if they had a gun.

  • jaguar3 Aug 4, 2008

    I read this story earlier this year. Another beautiful person's life taken. God bless the family of this young girl and the brother who is now trying to help others avoid such a crime. She was never really afforded a chance at life. I pray that whoever did this horrible crime will be caught and prosecuted. I pray also for the devious mind of those who commit these types of crimes, taking innocent lives.