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Family of slain UNC-Charlotte student starts crime prevention program

Posted May 28, 2008 5:36 p.m. EDT
Updated July 4, 2017 10:50 p.m. EDT

— The family of a slain University of North Carolina at Charlotte student will use their loss to try to prevent other tragedies.

Irina Yarmolenko, who is from Chapel Hill, was found dead earlier this month on the banks of the Catawba River. Police said she was asphyxiated.

Her parents and a cousin are starting a new program aimed at increasing campus safety.

"I think she would be very happy that we are trying to move forward and not dwell on the more horrible aspects of what's happened," said Natalia Deyneka, victim's cousin.

A video camera at a Goodwill store in Charlotte filmed Yarmolenko just before she was killed.

Anyone with information about Yarmolenko's death is asked to call the Mount Holly police at 704-827-4343.