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Hawaii woman shot to death in Rochester, N.Y.

Published On: Feb 08 2013 02:12:00 PM HST

Rochester police say a Big Island woman was murdered in New York. She was identified as 73-year-old Edline Chun.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -

Police in Rochester, N.Y. have a person of interest in custody in connection with the death of a Hawaii woman, according to the ABC affiliate in Rochester.

The woman was identified as 73-year-old Edline Chun from the Big Island.  She was found shot to death in Tryon Park on Wednesday.

Police say she was not killed in the park, but would not say where they believe she was shot.  The investigation is ongoing at her Hazelwood Terrace home.  Chun lived alone.

Authorities believe Chun and the person of interest did not know each other, but investigators believe Chun was targeted.

Friends say she spread the Aloha Spirit in Rochester.

"I first met Auntie Eddie, as we called her, at my Hawaiian dance studio," said Victoria Visiko.  "I believe it was the beginning of 2002, she was so thrilled I opened a Hawaiian studio."

Friends say Chun was born and raised in Hawaii and shared her memories of the islands with other members of the studio.

"There's not one thing that I won't miss, there's not one thing," said Visiko.  "She was the most incredible human being."

Chun was an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

RIT released the following statement:

"The entire Rochester Institute of Technology community is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of Edline Chun.  She was a well-respected and beloved faculty member who taught in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences for almost two decades.  Her colleagues in the School of Media Sciences describe her as someone who 'always went above and beyond to serve the students and the school with passion, integrity and the utmost class.'  We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends.  RIT faculty leaders from the college met with students earlier today to tell them of the news, and we are making counselors available to faculty, staff or students."

The Rochester police chief says he believes the shooting was robbery related.  Chun's car was stolen, but police would not say if anything else was taken.

The police chief says the person of interest is expected to be charged.

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