Vladimir Savinkin

New York, New York


New York, New York


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Young but Mature
When Vladimir Savinkin came to the United States almost six years ago from Ukraine, attending Pace University at 16, none of his friends knew his real age, said his father, Valeriy Savinkin. "He was more mature than all his friends, who were actually 19 or 20," he said. "He was very, very responsible and reliable."

Olga Lerman, Vladimir Savinkin's girlfriend of four years, said they met in a Russian chat room on the Internet. "I really liked how he was talking. He was very polite. I liked that in a guy," she said. When they met three weeks later, "It was love in the first place."

Their birthdays are a day apart in May, so they always celebrated together. They had spoken about marriage, she said, and had planned a vacation to Odessa, the city they were from. "He was the leader of our group," she said, the one who most often made the plans for their clique of four young couples.

Mr. Savinkin, 21, was an accountant with Cantor Fitzgerald, and lived with his parents and sister in Midwood, Brooklyn. He had recently bought a new Acura, impressing his father.

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We send our continued deep sympathy to your family for the loss of Vladimir. Daily may God give the needed comfort and support as you try to cope with such a sad loss. He touched the lives of others and will not be forgotten. May the time come when such violence that separates family members will be a thing of the past.

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I received your name in a prayer group through my church so long ago, and I prayed for you, your family and friends then and now. May they find peace knowing that you will not be forgotten.

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Dear Vlad,
You will always be in my heart. You were a good friend to many. And you were always there to land a helping hand without any questions asked. I feel very honored to have known you. Thank you for being a part of my life even for a little while.

Happy Birthday!!!

As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.

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