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Students Remember Eastman Professor Killed in Wrong Way Crash

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Students Remember Eastman Professor Killed in Wrong Way Crash
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Monday night, healing began at the Eastman School of Music.

"It's just such an incredible tragedy it will probably take a long time for it to fully sink it. It's just a very sad time right now," said Markiyan Melnychenko.

Melnychenko is in his sixth year at Eastman. He's in the Master's program. He says his reason for choosing the music school was because of Tatiana Tchekina and Oleh Krysa. He heard them play at a concert in Australia.

"When they played the world just disappeared. Everyone just felt as though they were speaking, they were telling an incredible story, filled with the deepest human emotions and the story was going straight to the heart," said Melnychenko.

A heart now broken, after hearing about the fatal crash that took the life of Tchekina, an assistant professor and pianist. The school held a private ceremony to remember her. They're also supporting her husband Krysa, an Eastman faculty member, who survived the crash.

"For these students, for many of them this may be the first significant loss in their life. It was sudden, it's senseless, it's tragic so the ability to be together and support each other and support their teacher, it's impossible to calculate how important that is," said Jamal Rossi, Dean of Eastman School of Music.

Colleagues say Krysa and Tchekina deeply cared about their students, and their music has already left a lasting impact.

"There are many musicians out there all of whom make wonderful music but it is rare to find artistry on this scale that they possessed," said Melnychenko.

Calling hours for Tchekina are on Friday 6 to 8 p.m. at Michael R. Yackiw Funeral home. Her funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Ukranian Orthodox Church

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