One of the victims aboard the Air France flight 447, which disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean, has ties to Indiana.
Thirty seven-year-old Fatma Necipoglu spent two years studying harp at the IU Jacobs School of Music where she graduated in 2001.
Necipoglu was flying back from Brazil -- where she had just given one of the best performances of her career at the Rio De Janeiro Harp Festival -- when suddenly it would all come to an end.
"She was young and she had her whole life in front of her."
A life, I.U. Jacobs School of Music Professor Susann McDonald says, she never could have imagined ending in a plane crash.
"I just picture her alone and terrified. I just wept for hours last night I just couldn't stand it," admits McDonald.
While at I.U., McDonald says Necipoglu quickly earned the love and respect of her department.
"She made so many friends among the composers and the composition professors at IU because she worked so closely with the composers, she loved new music."
In fact, during her time in Indiana, she won several awards including taking first prize in the International Harp Composition Competition.
"It was adjudicated by harpists all over the world, so it was a major prize," McDonald remembers.
Throughout the years McDonald continued to keep in touch with Necipoglu...following her career to Turkey where she went on to teach, perform and garner international fame.
"She adored the harp she was extremely a great student to work with. She just loved playing the harp and was interested in new music and was a charming girl and a beautiful girl. She really had all of the attributes," says McDonald.
Those attributes did not go unnoticed.
Necipoglu had recently been named Turkey's rising star of classical music.