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Benefit Concert Scheduled in Honor of Murdered Husband and Wife


Almost three years ago a married couple was murdered in their Michiana home, but even after their deaths, they are still having a positive impact on the community.

"I just remember her as one of the sweetest people ever, so I think that's why it was so shocking," said Angie Carrico, a Southwestern Michigan College (SWC) employee who set up the McKnight-Tarwacki Scholarship Fund.

On February 5th, 2010 Carolyn Tarwacki and her husband John were murdered in their Niles home. Nearly three years later, Carolyn's friends say it still feels like it was just yesterday they got the news.

"Just so many emotions, anger, you don't know why something like this would happen," said Carrico, while tearing up.

In remembrance of the Tarwacki family, a music scholarship was started at SMC. This Saturday, Feb. 2, the SMC Brass Band will play a benefit concert at the Dowagiac Campus in honor of Carolyn and John.

"We have one kind of reflective tune that's more introspective and that's going to be a bit emotional for us," said Dr. Jonathan Korzun, the SMC Brass Band Director. "But the rest of the concert is fun celebratory music because we're here to remember them and celebrate them."

Carolyn played with the SMC Brass Band for nearly two decades. Many band members say this benefit concert will get emotional for them.

"[Korzun] always seems to pick out some of [Carolyn's] favorites, so it always feels like she is still here, that's she's always a part of it," said Jackie Witt, a friend of Carolyn's, who plays in the SMC Brass Band.

The band members know the harsh reality, Carolyn will never play for the S-M-C Brass Band again. However, her friends hope the scholarship in her name will leave a lasting impact on the university's music program. It's a scholarship they know she'd be proud of.

"She knows she'd be helping other people who want to also be musicians and be helping the college, supporting [Korzun] who she had a good relationship with, so she'd be very happy for this," Richard Heemer, who was Carolyn's former junior high band director and former colleague.

Tickets costs $12 and the scholarship goes to one student who is interested in music each semester. In addition S-M-C matches the ticket sale donations dollar for dollar to help with the scholarship.

While they await a trial, friends want justice to be served for the murders of the Tarwackis. However, they know nothing at this point will bring the couple back.

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