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    NC - Irina 'Ira' Yarmolenko, 20, Mount Holly, 5 May 2008

    Irina "Ira" Yarmolenko, a 20-year-old sophomore at UNC-Charlotte, was found dead beside her car on the bank of the Catawba River on Monday. The local police are trying to piece together a timeline: students saw her on campus early Monday and at a coffeeshop where she worked (but was not working that day) around 10:30 that morning, and her body was discovered around 1:30 in the afternoon. Police announced today that the cause of death was asphyxiation; her body was found by a jet-skier who called 911 on Monday.

    I can't find the article I read about it earlier today, but the place where Ira was found is an isolated spot 30 or so minutes from campus; none of her friends or family know why she might have been there. She had friends who lived in that general area, but hadn't mentioned any plans to visit or hang out with them. The police say there's no reason to worry about a random murderer or strangler, but also don't have any ideas about who is responsible for Ira's murder. As a single, 20something woman in the Charlotte area myself, it makes me a little nervous, particularly since there haven't been any recent developments or news on the Kyle Fleischmann case either. My heart goes out to Ira and her friends.

    http://www.charlotte.com/236/story/615743.html

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    Awwww, how sad. I hope we find out more soon about what could have happened. Sounds personal, imo.
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    I live in Winston-Salem. This is a horrible incident. I hope LE keeps the public updated about this case. Stay safe Hucklepie.

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    Greta's show is talking about it now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by i.b.nora View Post
    Greta's show is talking about it now!
    I caught a little of the guest. I think that he said something about the police are thinking that it might be an abduction (and not a stranger abduction).

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    What a beautiful girl. It's so sad when young lives are taken. And it happens again, and again, and again.

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    She had a journal online at one time -- it's in this blog entry:

    The Murder of Ira Yarmolenko

    Ira was a very pretty, but more importantly, thoughtful and poetic young woman, from the looks of things. More coverage at Dreamin' Demon as well.

    Steve

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    Isn't this the 3rd or 4th NC student murdered this year? I go to school at a university in my town and there are shootings every few months. Mostly it is locals, from a nearby poor neighborhood, who come on campus after hours and stir up trouble. I don't think anyone has died yet. I have an after hours class in the fall and I am actually scared./

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    Quote Originally Posted by i.b.nora View Post
    Greta's show is talking about it now!
    Video of interview from Greta's site:
    http://www.foxnews.com/video/index.h..._referrer=staf

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeriouslySearching View Post
    Awwww, how sad. I hope we find out more soon about what could have happened. Sounds personal, imo.
    It almost sounds as if she MAY have already been dead in her car and her car was put in 'drive' and it came to a stop at the water's edge.


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    It could have happened that way, TG. If so, there would hopefully be evidence in or on the vehicle from another person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeriouslySearching View Post
    It could have happened that way, TG. If so, there would hopefully be evidence in or on the vehicle from another person.
    Yes SS, but most young people have several sets of prints in their vehicle from all of their friends, so think they'll need something more..........dunno!

    The case is yet so fresh, much more to be learned hopefully.

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    I keep hearing about the gang violence in Charlotte yet from what I have read about her...I don't suspect the usual connections to such. She appeared to be a very good kid. No drugs etc.

    I noticed it mentioned she didn't drive much, but did regularly go to the area to visit her friend. The friend is not being related to this by others...so it makes me think the friend is another good kid (female?).

    Strangulation doesn't mean this wasn't a random thing. She might have been in the area to visit her friend then ended up at the wrong place at the wrong time.
    "WE SEEK FOR THE TRUTH. WE SEEK JUSTICE.
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    AND GOD DEMANDS IT!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hucklepie View Post
    Irina "Ira" Yarmolenko, a 20-year-old sophomore at UNC-Charlotte, was found dead beside her car on the bank of the Catawba River on Monday. The local police are trying to piece together a timeline: students saw her on campus early Monday and at a coffeeshop where she worked (but was not working that day) around 10:30 that morning, and her body was discovered around 1:30 in the afternoon. Police announced today that the cause of death was asphyxiation; her body was found by a jet-skier who called 911 on Monday.

    I can't find the article I read about it earlier today, but the place where Ira was found is an isolated spot 30 or so minutes from campus; none of her friends or family know why she might have been there. She had friends who lived in that general area, but hadn't mentioned any plans to visit or hang out with them. The police say there's no reason to worry about a random murderer or strangler, but also don't have any ideas about who is responsible for Ira's murder. As a single, 20something woman in the Charlotte area myself, it makes me a little nervous, particularly since there haven't been any recent developments or news on the Kyle Fleischmann case either. My heart goes out to Ira and her friends.

    http://www.charlotte.com/236/story/615743.html
    >snip
    "There's nothing to indicate there is someone out there that's stalking or chasing people," he said.

    >snip

    OK, so this is the 4-5th random murder.
    The Charlotte PD pointing the finger to gangs wanting to strangle college girls.

    I hope they come up with better leads then this.

    Poor girl

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    what a beautiful wholesome looking young lady....

    so sad. hope whomever i responsible is caught .... and soon!
    Last edited by noZme; 05-10-2008 at 08:50 AM.

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