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Best friend of woman found in Tryon Park shares memories

Posted at: 02/10/2013 6:30 PM
Updated at: 02/10/2013 11:24 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

The community continues to mourn the loss of Rochester Institute of Technology Professor Edline Chun and on Sunday her best friend shared more about this incredible woman.

Chun's body was found in Tryon Park on Wednesday. Investigators say she was shot to death.

The 73 year-old was an adjunct professor in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

On Sunday her friend Victoria Kaiulani Visiko shared pictures of Chun.

News10NBC is told Chun was born and raised in Hawaii and pretty much has no family members here in the country, but those who were close to her say she had a second family here in Rochester.

Her family in Rochester consisted of friends who shared a passion for community service and the Hawaiian culture.

Visiko describes Chun as having been gentle, a bright light, intelligent and artistic.

“Well she was my Aunty. She became almost like a mentor to me,” said Visiko.

The last time Victoria saw her friend Edline Chun was almost a month ago. She never thought it would be the very last time she would ever see her friend of 11 years.
 
“It's been rough for everyone who loved her, just unbelievable. It's hard to grasp on to,” said Visiko.

The body of Edline Chun was found in the bottom of a ravine earlier this week. Police say she was shot and killed in an attempted robbery. They tell us they do have a suspect in custody but no charges have been filed yet.

Her death has left those who knew her numb and restless.

“Hard to sleep thinking about what she went through or how she must have been crying out or what pain she's been in,” said  Visiko.

Visiko met Edline Chun at her performing art and recording studio.

Together they shared a passion for the Hawaiian culture, even traveling to the big island together.

“She was everything that the aloha spirit should be. The aloha spirit, meaning a person who was loving and sharing and kind and giving and not holding back,” said Visiko.

Even though Visiko says she's angry, she wants to focus on celebrating Chun's life and letting the world know about this kind spirit.

“We will make sure that she will never be forgotten. Her light will always be a bright source,” she said.

Friends say they believe both of Chun's parents are deceased and that she had no siblings and no children.

Those who are close to her are trying to locate any relatives in Hawaii. They are hoping her story,although sad., can help bring family members forward.

Visiko is planning a traditional Hawaiian memorial here in Rochester and in Hawaii. The date has not been set yet, but News10NBC will update you with information about the memorial service as soon as it becomes available.

To contact Victoria Kaiulani Visiko you can write to her at Eyewrite@aol.com or visit her website Gallery Kauai.