This is to you, Marina, for teaching me to make every moment matter and not allowing time to lapse or having unfinished business linger. I love you as a dear friend and a sister. All that you have shared with me will live in my heart as you will, forever.
She was a leader. A true friend, girlfriend and daughter. Everyone loved her who knew her. Everyone aknowledged her who didn't know her. You couldn't miss those baby blue eyes. They lit up the room every time she was in it. At 25 and full of life, she had a smile that made your heart glow. She was a unique individual who lived life as if it was her last and loved life to its fullest. She was brilliant, confident, catty and in-your-face. She was a maid of honor at my wedding on September 8th, three days before her tragic death. It was like her own wedding, although she never lived to see that day. She will be missed immensely, she will be loved, and she will always remain in the hearts of people she left behind.
Clara Mazepa, friend
Marina was a smart and beautiful young woman, inside and out. She had her whole life ahead of her and many more amazing things to offer the world. Marina was a dear and cherished part of the lives of her friends and family. She was the only child of parents who adore her, and she was a friend who could fill a very dark day with warmth, support and laughter. Marina's eyes were unbelievably striking in their purity, honesty and wealth of emotion -- the windows to her soul. Her eyes, her smile, her whole being, lit up any room she entered. We will carry her memory with us everyday.
Julie Kogan, friend
Marina was a kind, genuine person who stood by her friends. Not a day goes by when I am free of the tragedy or do not think of the sorrow her family must bear. Marina, thank you for being part of my life.
Joel Stein, high school boyfriend