“Being in a great grief I would like to address this message to everyone who thinks about my family. The loss of my children will be with me forever. But I would like to say that I feel the support of the Fort Worth community and all people who are sending me messages all over the world. My special gratefulness is for the Castro family who supported my family and who gave special care to my daughters. I would like to ask everyone who is going to the concerts this weekend at Bass Hall to think of the music. Wherever I go after this tragedy my heart will stay with the people here of Fort Worth and my daughters will rest in this soil.”
The world-famous pianist found his daughters, 5-year-old Nika and 1-year-old Michela, dead in their beds Thursday morning.
Kholodenko’s wife, Sofya Tsygankova, was also inside the house. The 31-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times but survived.
“As far as Mrs. Tsygankova, she is recovering from her injuries at John Peter Smith Hospital [in Fort Worth] and she is being held on a mental health evaluation,” said Benbrook police Commander David Babcock during a Friday press conference.
The tragedy has rocked the local classical music scene, especially in Fort Worth.
Kholodenko’s absence at Bass Hall where he was scheduled to perform this weekend was felt by friends and fans alike.
“I am very sad for all of them, and we are going to miss him tonight,” said Fort Worth resident Bobbie Stanfield.
CBS11 obtained official documents that state Kholodenko and Tsygankova are going through a divorce. The filing shows the couple, who married in 2010 “ceased to live together as husband and wife on or about August 15, of last year.” It also stated the marriage “has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities.”
Police said Mr. Kholodenko is not a suspect in the crimes nor have they named Tsygankova as a suspect in the little girl’s deaths. They’re not looking for any other suspects at this time.
Officials said they have not yet interviewed Tsygankova.
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