The mother of a young boy tragically thrown to his death from a Manhattan skyscraper last year says that music is helping her cope with the loss.
Svetlana Bukharina was a part of a ensemble that put on a special performance in Kirill's memory at the Rochester Institute of Technology Saturday.
Bukharina attended RIT from 1999 to 2003 and played in the school's orchestra.
The conductor said that news of the toddlers death hit her hard, so she created "Kirill's Concert" featuring Russian music and a special version of Mozart's "Toy Symphony," where they used sounds of Kirill's favorite toys.
"The use of actual toys, right, like there were sounds of the train and the bicycle, and to me, that was very significant," Bukharina said. "Music is healing. Listening to it, but specifically playing, because you just feel it. Whatever you might have bottled up, it opens you up."
Police say Bukharina's estranged husband threw their son from a 52-story building and then jumped to his death.
The boy was found alive but later died at the hospital.
Investigators say the couple were in a bitter custody battle, and the day the boy was killed was the first unsupervised visit.