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Irina "Ira" Yarmolenko had a sunny spirit, a quick smile and friends everywhere she went.

She wasn't supposed to die at age 20, friends and family said.

The UNC Charlotte sophomore was found Monday next to her car on the banks of the Catawba River in Mount Holly. On Wednesday evening, police still did not know how Yarmolenko died and how she ended up so far from campus.

Tonight, her friends will honor her with a candlelight vigil.

Yarmolenko was born in the Ukraine but grew up in Chapel Hill. Her brother, Pavel Yarmolenko, 25, said their family moved to North Carolina in the 1990s as refugees. Their parents found science jobs in Greensboro and later moved to Chapel Hill.

Pavel, a graduate student in biomedical engineering at Duke University, described his sister as a dedicated student who loved to travel and learn about other cultures. She played piano and tennis.

"She was incredible," he said. "There's nothing bad about her."

She graduated from Chapel Hill High in 2006 and began studying at UNCC.

There, she was a member of the Russian Club and more recently, a photographer and occasional writer for the student newspaper. She also worked as a computer assistant.

Her brother said she'd always talked about doing something to help people make their lives better or easier.

"Everything that she's ever done was to help people," he said.

She'd planned to transfer to UNC Chapel Hill to major in public health after finishing this semester in Charlotte, he said.

Arthur Jackson, vice chancellor for student affairs at UNCC, said students and staff who knew Yarmolenko were offered counseling Wednesday. He said university police were helping Mount Holly investigators.

"It hit us hard," he said. "It's like losing a family member. She was connected to a lot of organizations on and off campus."

As her brother put it: "She knew everybody everywhere."

She had 630 friends on her Facebook profile. By Wednesday evening, more than 100 of them had posted messages there saying how much they'll miss her.

Her friend Tyler Robinson, a sophomore at UNCC, said she was "the most beautiful person I've ever met, inside and out. She was completely selfless."

Mount Holly Police Chief David Belk said he's hoping the public can help police figure out more about where she had been Monday between about 10 a.m., when someone reported seeing her at a coffee shop in the university area, to 1:15 p.m. when she was found by a watercraft rider.

Belk said she appeared to have driven off the road behind the Waters Edge development and the Stowe Family YMCA.

"It's strange that anyone would go to that area," he said, noting that there had not been reports of crime there.

Pavel said he hopes this tragedy will prompt people to think about all students who died too young.

"Don't forget to tell your loved ones that you love them," Pavel said, breaking into tears. "I didn't get a chance to, and I can tell you I wish I had."

Memorials

A candlelight vigil will be held at the Belk Tower on the UNC Charlotte campus at 7 tonight.Visitation will be held at Walker's Funeral Home, 120 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill (919-942-3861) from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. She will be buried at 4 p.m. Saturday in Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery.

The investigation

Police are still looking for more information about Yarmolenko's death. Contact Mount Holly Police at 704-827-4343.


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Published in Charlotte Observer from May 8 to May 13, 2008.
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February 17, 2019
I heard Irina's story on a true crime show and it moved me to tears.
How can there be such evil in the world that can take away such a radiant light.
To her family and friends my deepest condolences, and to Irina herself- "May your soul shine bright forever in heaven"
Colin
October 17, 2016
They should have named the coffee shop in her honor.

Rest in Peace.

North Carolina
December 11, 2015
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December 10, 2015
A beautiful light in this world that left too soon !!! I hope to meet this wonderful person in heaven !!! She sounded like a lovely, graceful and kind princess ... May she never be forgotten and may i get to know her and see that radiant unforgettable smile of hers !!! God bless her and her family !!!
ArDent Allan
December 9, 2015
Rest in peace sweetheart. How sad.
Davina Sanchez
April 5, 2014
It's a shame that such a beautiful person was taken from us too soon. I hope the memories of her will inspire others to live a life of loving and giving. Her shining light will be waiting for us when our time comes.
Preem Palver
April 5, 2014
Thank you for being a great person and leaving UNC Charlotte a better place for all of us today.
Brittnii
August 14, 2013
God bless you and your family.
William Burroughs
April 11, 2013
I saw the Dateline episode. What a beautiful, young and happy woman she was. She makes me want to be a better person through and through, my condolences to you all.
Nina
April 11, 2013
I saw her story on dateline. I see she still is leaving a legacy. She seems like she was a beautiful,lively,young girl. I'm very sorry for the loss.:(
Jamie
December 19, 2012
Rest in peace
Mandy
September 22, 2012
Mariann Cadmus
August 15, 2012
Jared Grills
August 9, 2011
I saw the story on Dateline as well and thank Irina's roomate for keeping the memory of Irina alive. Although I have never met her, it is an honor to know that someone with as beautiful heart a heart as hers lived. Her story touched my heart and has inspired me to become the best person I can be.
Kajal Dalal
July 9, 2011
I saw the story on datline and was saddened. No one deserves that. She seemed like a amazing person.
Roy
July 8, 2011
I didn't know this girl,but I seen her story on Dateline and no one deserved that.Rest in peace.
Brittany
September 16, 2009
She was truly one of the nicest people I ever met. Always smiling, so kind, so beautiful. She will be missed.
Angie
May 9, 2009
She was here only for a brief moment of time but we will see her again. Have hope and continue to pray to have the energy to keep living. Our prayers are with you.
Jessica Yang
December 15, 2008
As Christmastime draws near
all of us wish you were here
i remember you in the smells of snow
and in the the moon's bright halo
there is an emptiness this time of year
that only you could ever fill my dear
i am trudging trudging on, just for you
even if it isn't always easy to do
but the memories i will cherish forever
and because of you i swear this world will be made better
Lady Di
December 14, 2008
I am deeply sorry for your loss of a daughter, a sister and best friend. I didn't know Irina but I can tell she was like the light of a sunny day and warmed the hearts of those she knew. I will say prayers for those dear to her in life.
Daphne Dyer
December 13, 2008
As a father to a young girl myself, I read this story, quite by accident, and am just moved to heartfelt emotions. What a beautiful woman and my most sincere condolences for your loss. I wish I had more to say on this but its hard to put into words.
Bob Leavenworth
June 7, 2008
I did not know her but I am saddened for your loss...God Bless you
Lester Holman
June 5, 2008
There are no words that can relay the depth of the pain, anguish and grief involved for a family losing a loved one so suddenly and tragically. Please try to take some comfort in knowing that GOD's plan is much bigger than ours and that he needed his “Angel” to come home. Our prayers are with Irina’s family and everyone who grieves for her. May God Bless all of you and lead you down the path toward healing. Please accept warmest regards and condolences from a family who also is suffering a recent loss very much like yours.
Sharon
June 4, 2008
Ira... your face is imprinted in my mind. You were a beautiful person. How did this happen to you? I know your beauty continues... in some place beyond the life you knew. We love you Ira.
Michelle
May 29, 2008
I am truly saddened to hear of Irina's death :( . Irina was in my Physics class and although I didn't really know her too well, I did talk to her briefly a couple of times during class and she was always extremely polite, happy, and exactly as people described her. A one-of-a-kind human being.

Not once did I see her sad or angry, she was ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS smiling or waving to people she hardly knew.

My condolences to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.
Ansaar
May 21, 2008
I was Irian's photography instructor at the Light Factory in Charlotte. Irina had the kind of joyous, energenic curiosity that made our classes so much fun. Her enthusiasm was contagious.
I specifically remember the look of anticipation on her face when she placed her first black and white enlargement in the developer tray and how her face became radiant with a smile as she watched the image magically appear. Irina was one of my most promising students and she was one of the rewards that made me glad that I do what I do........teach.
mike...aka "The Light Factory Wizard" Howard
May 20, 2008
My son also goes to UNCC and lived in the same dorm that Irina was in. He said he didn't actually know her but he had seen her and she seemed like a really nice girl. It's so sad. We say goodbye to our children and send them off to college, knowing it's time for them to begin the process of becoming an independent person.. but we expect them to come back. I'm so sorry your daughter won't be able to do that. She was a beautiful girl and very bright from what I've read. I know you were proud of her. Someday you'll be reunited with her but in the meantime I hope you'll get some comfort from knowing that she touched so many lives in a positive way and was loved by many.
Sandy
May 20, 2008
I was so saddened to hear of the passing of someone who sounded like a wonderful , loving and caring person. It sounds like she touched so many lives and made a strong impact. I pray that Ira's family will feel God's strength and peace during this painful time in their lives. I hope you always remember the good times you had with her and her love for you. May God Bless you always.
Amber R.
May 19, 2008
Ira and I played tennis together. I find myself looking everyday online for more breaking news on this. My heart just breaks to know such a sweet soul was killed. I was fourtunate to know her, and she is one that will honestly be missed by many and the community has lost a great girl.
Jenny Brown
May 17, 2008
I am a Gaston County resident.... My heart goes out to the family, Ira's friends, and Dennis and Brenda who I call "my best friends"... So many of us have been touched. Stay strong! Have faith!
S G
May 17, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.
Monika and Romek Klement
May 16, 2008
Ridiculous... just how sick our world is. She's in a better place now. My thoughts go out to her family. I hope they find ease in their mounting pain.
charlie aldrich
May 16, 2008
My condolensces and prayers to the Yarmolenko family and their friends during this most difficult time. I did not know Irina, notheless, I pray for her beautiful soul to rest safely in God's hands. I also pray and hope the person(s) responsible for her untimely and senseless death be brought to justice.
Deb Galliher
May 16, 2008
Wow. I heard the 911 call and read the article. We are from NC and currently live in Chicago. We have heard story after story of the NC deaths. I took a moment to get online and check out the news only to see another student had passed. I can't help but wonder if it's the same person and what could posess a person to hurt someone so. Our hearts go out to Irina's family and friends. Please know we will pray for you to have peace and justice in this matter. God bless.
Perfect Stranger
May 16, 2008
My prayers and thoughts go out to her family. So sorry for your loss.
Jennifer
May 16, 2008
So when I first met Irina I thought there is something different about her. Then I got to know her in our Calculus class. She was in my project group. She always was smiling. Always. She was that sunshine on a cloudy day. God allowed her to come into our lives and now she has passed, but her memories will be with us and one day we will see her smiling face again. May God Bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Mathew B
May 16, 2008
I did not know Irina but her death has resonated with our community. Sometime we do not understand why these things happen, I just hope that she is in a better place, what a beautiful young lady.
Sarah
May 16, 2008
Rest In Peace
Father we entrust our sister Irina to your mercy. You loved her greatly in this life: now that she is freed from all its cares, give her happiness and peace forever. Welcome her now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
May God hold Irina in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathies.
Michael Iezzi
May 15, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Natalie Stewart
May 15, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most sorrowful time. I pray your sweet memories of your daughter, sister, friend will help sustain you.

I still do not understand why bad things happen to good people.

Hang onto your daughter's beautiful spirit and life.
Carol S
May 14, 2008
I am sorry to hear about your loved one Irina. She looked like a very sweet, beautiful and talented young lady. God Bless you and keep you safe.
Kathy Froeber
May 14, 2008
I was able to spend three months in Alaska with Irina and Zack. I will never forget the smile on her face and the dedication in her heart. She took every chance she could to hike in the wilds of Alaska. She was so passionate about life and the adventure that comes with it. I will never forget how Irina and I danced to bluegrass music one evening. She was a beautifully intelligent amazingly passionate person. I depart for Alaska tomorrow and I will bring her memory with me. God Bless.
Karl Foster
May 12, 2008
WE REMEMBER YOU
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
MISTY FOUST
May 12, 2008
Dear Ira,

I met you only once; however, I did not realize then the impact you would have on my life even now after you are gone.

I have been dealing with a lot and tend to fall into a bitter/selfish attitude. I realize now how important it is to appreciate life.

I know that sounds cliché and trite but I am now just starting to understand the implications of such an idea. Through all of the stress and heartache these past few weeks I forgot to realize there are many things in life I cannot change, nor control; however, I can decide how I respond.

This is something you apparently understood, as it is evident in the photos of you left behind -- you were always full of life and smiles.

I am amazed at your life and the amount of people you touched.

Thank you for being such a beautiful person, thank you for taking the time to smile.
A O
May 12, 2008
We must ask ourselves is this life all there is? Matthew 6:9,10 Her life was too short she was too young. We have to have faith in what the bible really teaches. We were created to live forever in Paradise conditions. Were we not? Gen1:28.
Since sin came into the world and death through sin; humans fall asleep in death.(Romans 5:12) God has promised that there will be a time when we will see our dead loved ones again. HE promised. (John5:28 and Acts24:15)
yrbd
May 12, 2008
I am very sorry to have heard that this had happened to such a respectable family. I did have the chance to be graced by Ira's presence and she was the most beautiful person to have known. Such a beautiful soul will never be forgotten, I send LOVE and SYMPATHY to the Yarmolenko family and may the heavens shine on you!
Taurus Cannady
May 12, 2008
You visited me in Asheville around thanksgiving break with your friend, Mary. That was SO fun! The Blue Ridge Parkway will never be the same.
Ira,
In all my worst nightmares, I never imagined something as awful as your departure. You're the most beautiful soul in the universe, and I hope you know that all of your friends and loved ones would back me up on that. All the downs in my life never hurt me much with you by my side, and I hope I will be strong enough to remain happy without you around. It's gonna be difficult, but like your brother said at your burial, I think we'll all get through this knowing how powerful your love is. I MISS YOU : (
Sam Hunt
May 12, 2008
I met Ira when she contacted me about arranging an interview for the University Times with a journalist/author who was speaking on campus on March 26 of this year. She was so excited for the opportunity and I could tell she had researched well in preparation.

This winsome, endearing, and beautiful inside and out young lady is now in heaven so suddenly and so soon. Heaven's gain but to us still here, a very great loss. My prayers go out to Ira's family.
Sherry Bruce
May 12, 2008
Our condolensces and prayers for Irina's family and friends. We did not know her but our heart goes out to you in your loss of such a young, beautiful and inspiring girl. May the love of our Lord and Savior sustain you at this time of grief and saddness.

The Griffiths
The Griffiths
May 12, 2008
I am very sorry to hear about your loss losing a loved one so young can be difficult to bear but I encourage to focus on the hope the bible offers please read John 5:28,29 I am sure this will bring you encouragement.
Van
May 12, 2008
my heart go out to the family,
thelma reid
May 12, 2008
Ira:
I last saw you on April 6, when you came to pick up Sam to go out to lunch on a Sunday when you were both home from college. You bounced happily into the house with that winning smile and hugged me. I will cherish that moment forever. You were a wonderful friend and a positive spark in Sam’s life. He is right, you were the true embodiment of love.
Katrina Hunt
May 12, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief.
Natalie & Sergey Kobelev
May 12, 2008
SCOTT CHAMBERLAND
May 11, 2008
Such a beautiful young lady who touched so many people in her short time here on earth. Her spirit will live on. God bless you!
Inga Davis
May 11, 2008
I know that Ira's bright light will shine on in creating a world that is more just, more safe, and more loving than the one she is leaving. I miss her and grieve for the beautiful life that was cut too short. Mary Gratch
Mary Gratch
May 11, 2008
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2008


collean wilson
May 11, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this terribly difficult time. May the memory and spirit of Ira live within us all and may we use those memories to make this world a better place.
Don and Sarah Harvan
May 11, 2008
Ira, We never had the privilege to meet here on earth. When hearing of your passing and seeing your photo on TV, my heart was saddened. You were a beautiful, intelligent, and wonderful young lady. Heaven must have needed another Angel, and you fit the bill. Rest in Peace, and I hope that the mystery of your passing is solved and the ones responsible are brought to justice. See you in heaven!
Sincerely,
Darren Duncan
May 10, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rick Mathis
May 10, 2008
Irina had scheduled a study session for our French class for Tuesday May 6th, it was weird for her not to show up since our test was that same day. During the test I kept looking up to where she sat and wondered where she was at....I had no idea until today of what happened to her. I sat across from her and she would always smile at me and say "hi"...I really enjoyed her reading out loud in French she was always so enthusiastic. She is now in a better place. My thoughts and deepest condolences go out to her family.
Mayra Velazquez
May 10, 2008
Upon learning of this person's current and potential contribution to this world, I'm reminded of Shakespeare's beautiful words (paraphrased) of Horatio when standing over Hamlet: Good night sweet princess; good night to those who symbolize a new day; and now may the flight of angels take thee to thy eternal rest.
bill
May 10, 2008
Ira was the best human being I've ever met. Her death is a profound loss to us all. My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the Yarmolenko family.
Bryan Zeck
May 10, 2008
Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Irina. Please accept our sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time
Ajit and Vinaya Kelkar
May 10, 2008
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Irina. What a remarkable young woman. In this time of loss, we may find comfort in the promise of John 5:28, 29 that says, "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life". We can look forward to seeing our loved ones again, and together, live on earth and "find [our] exquisite delight in the abundance of peace" (Psalm 37:11). May this hope comfort your hearts during your time of bereavement.
Y T
May 10, 2008
My condolences go out to the family of Irina. This is a tragedy. May God be with you to help you through.
Francine Hines
May 9, 2008
You will be missed Irina Yarmolenko. I will keep your family in my prayers. God Bless.
Alexander
May 9, 2008
Deepest condolences, and prayers and wishes of healing for Ira's family, and also for all who knew her. Our family's path crossed Ira's path during high school in Chapel Hill when she and friends were visiting, or at various events, with our daughter. She stood out clearly in her brightness and care for others. All who knew her are deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy. We wish that everyone can hold her clear spirit and compassion, and love for life and for others, close in their hearts.
The Underwoods
May 9, 2008
Irina you will be missed so much my friend i'll always remenber your smile and your kindness in our French class you were a very nice person with a bright smile i am very sad deep inside that last Tuesday in class was my last day to see you my friend!! I'll always remenber you my friend may your soul rest in peace. To the family may the Lord be with you in this hardest moments.

Karen Bisselele your classmates from French 3203 and 3209 (UNC Charlotte).
Karen Bisselele
May 9, 2008
Irina was actually one of the first people I talked to at UNC Charlotte. We were both in the same SOAR groups, as we were both planning to attend the university. She was very nice, and I recall her talking about the fact that her family was Russian. I never had contact with Irina after SOAR, although we both are sophomores at the university. My heart goes out to her family in Chapel Hill, and her friends. This is such a tragedy.
Josh Aranda
May 9, 2008
My heart goes out the the family and friends of Irina. My prayers are with you. Continue with her legacy to make things better for other people. By the grace of GOD, maybe one day all sins and wrongdoings will come to a sudden halt. ............................................ Remember her smile as a glistening star in the night.
Michelle
May 9, 2008
Ira,

You were a very influential and inspiring girl with so much to offer. Your delightful smile was addictive and made others smile with along with you. You will be greatly missed, and i will cherish the wonderful memories that you gave me. You truly were a sincere individual who gave the best to everyone.
Lydia ko
May 9, 2008
My sympathy to her family and friends. Rest in Peace, Irina.........
LA Wells
May 9, 2008
Our hearts and thoughts are with Irina's family in this moment of loss and sadness. Our son was Irina's friend during high school and he will never forget her. The Nicolelis family
Laura Oliveira
May 9, 2008
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family in this time of tragic loss. This is so senseless and a waste. I did not know your daughter but from what I have read she was an amazing individual with lots of potential.
Thomas Hannah
May 9, 2008
My heart goes out to your family. Her beautiful smile alone says a lot about her. May God strenghten your faith during this time of bereavement. I am the mother of two teenage children and I can't imaginge your loss. You're in my prayers!
Ann Robinson
May 9, 2008
Ira was a close friend of my daughter for many years, and she was often a guest in our home. We always greeted each other as, "Dude." She was so talented in the visual arts, as well as a sensitive performer on piano. Ira was always upbeat, enthusiastic, and loving. It is hard to believe she is gone. I am happy to have known her, and will always remember Ira.
Courtney
May 9, 2008
We are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this time. Your family will remain in our prayers.
Lee & Lisa Oakley
May 9, 2008
I didn't have the privilege of knowing Ira, but I have a sense of just what a wonderful person she was from having spoken to some of her dear friends. I only hope that her family may find some small comfort in knowing that so many people were touched by her kindness and warmth, and many more still will take her memory forward as an inspiration in their own lives.
Dan Heck
May 9, 2008
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Irina. I did not know her personally but I was moved by her obituary. Death is never easy to cope with but especially when it touches the life of someone so young and so beautiful. In your time of sorrow it is my hope that you all can find hope in the promise that in the near future our dead loved ones will be brought back to life to us (John 5:28,29). In the meantime my prayers are with you.
Shinekwa Johnson
May 9, 2008
As a mother, I cannot comprehend the pain that Irina's family & friends are experiencing right now. All I can offer are a few scriptures that have brought me comfort at the death of a loved one. First, James 1:13 assures us that God does not take our loved ones from us in such a cruel way. It states: "When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone." Our loving God is called "the father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort" (2 Corinthians 1:3). May he comfort you now through the hope of the resurrection in which he promises that "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". (John 5:28)
I pray that this will bring you a measure of peace in your hearts.
Phyllis Towns
May 8, 2008
Although painful that you are gone, Ira, we are the fortunate ones to have known you. You were a gentle spirit who had a way of making everyone's day brighter. I'll miss our conversations and time together at the coffee house, but I'm saddened by the fact that so many people didn't yet have the opportunity to know you. You made a difference in my life. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You will not be forgotten.
Lea Phelps
May 8, 2008
A sweet award from a special lady.
You will be greatly missed. I'll never forget how warm and welcoming you always were at JJ's. I just wish, as many others, that I could have been there to protect you. Thanks for the gift you made me after last school semester. It's my greatest award yet.
Michael Workman
May 8, 2008
Too young and beautiful to depart so soon. Our loss is heavens gain. Heaven is blessed with your presence.

Regards
Louis Jolicoeur
May 8, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief.
Pai Family
May 8, 2008
My sister went to CHHS with Ira... I did not know her. My sis described Ira as so genuine and such an amazing human being - so brilliant... it says a lot about Ira. It is easy to see this transcendent high regard of Ira and her way was universal, and unwavering across the landscape of all her friends and peers.

So, we are all connected in this.
Just know that people she never knew are absolutely aching over this, and I am sending every bit of love and positivity that can be wrenched... to the family and friends of Ira... a good soul.

All my best.
Brian Siskind
May 8, 2008
My son Kane Smego was a very good friend of Irina and were on the same poetry slam team in the past. I felt I new her vicariously thru Kane. Blessings of love and inexhaustible strength through this very diffifult and tragic time
Cori Roth
May 8, 2008
I cannot believe that something so horrible could happen to such a lovely person. Ira, my birthday buddy and middle school tennis partner, it was a pleasure to have known you, and you will be missed. I am praying for your family.
Heather M.
May 8, 2008
To Ira's Family,
My thought and payers are with you at this time, i was in the same class with ira at uncc charlotte (liberal studies). Ira is a very sweet and friendly girl, she will be missed.
chi chen
May 8, 2008
My deepest prayers go out to you , her family and all of those that loved this beautiful and vibrant young lady.
Ce Haley
May 8, 2008
Even though I did not know Ira I am deeply moved by this tragedy. I pray for God to wrap his loving arms around her family, friends and fellow students to bring them peace & comfort during this difficult time.
In Christian love,
Lisa Burris
May 8, 2008
my thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew her.
carter
May 8, 2008
Ira was our children's first babysitter when we moved to Chapel Hill. They loved her and so did we. She was such a beautiful person.
Wall Family
May 8, 2008
I knew Ira from class at UNCC and from a long conversation when I saw just how genuinely she cared about people and how excited she was about life. Everyone who met her knew that she was someone special. Thank you for letting me know you Ira. We will all miss you.
April
May 8, 2008
Ira, it was a blessing to have known you; your passing has left us all with a huge void. What will we do without your cheerful smiles, your sincere hugs and your caring, gentle heart?
Coleen Cunningham
May 8, 2008
The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus performed at UNCC in 2007. Ira was incredibly talented and passionate!
Ira has touched so many people over her short time here, and she will always be remembered. Wherever she is right now, i know that it's beautiful and unique just like her. I love you Ira!
Amanda Lebonville
May 8, 2008
I only met briefly but in the span of an hour, I realized that she was one of the kindest and warm hearted people I will ever have the pleasure of knowing. She made everyone in the room light up with her spirit and she will be greatly missed.
Samantha Webster
May 8, 2008
I had a very close relationship with Ira for about 7 years, we dated for almost 3 years. She was the most influential person in my life. I still cannot grasp the fact that my little greeneyes is gone from this world for good. I know your up there looking down on us Ira, and just know how much I miss you. I hope you have all the Harris Teeter cookies you could ever imagine up there. I love you.
Zach W.
May 8, 2008
I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of beautiful Irina Yarmolenko. Our loss is heaven's gain. My prayers and sincere sympathy go out to her family.
Gay Davis
May 8, 2008
Sergey and family!, Rex and I and our family is in shock! What a SHAME! We are praying for you! but there are no words to express the level of your loss.
Your friends, the Waters
Cindy Waters
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