Strongsville teacher remembered at vigil 1 year after murder

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- The Strongsville community gathered by candlelight Monday night to remember the life of Melinda Pleskovic.

Around 50 family and friends gathered at the gazebo in Strongsville-Commons to surround the Pleskovic family with love and support.

Tuesday marks one year since Melinda was murdered.

Her husband, Bruce, still feels the loss.

Melinda Pleskovic

“Just taking it one day at a time. We had some plans in life to downsize, live simpler with Kyle after the kids got married. Now you just take it one day at a time. Hanging out with friends, just not sure what the next chapter is at this point,” said Pleskovic.

They were married 25 years.

Melinda was also a loving mother of three and grandmother of one.

The father of her grandchild and future son-in-law, Jeffrey Scullin, 21, pleaded no contest to murder charges last week and is expected to be sentenced next week.

“That was a real big relief; really didn’t want to have this dragged out, go to trial, have to relive this incident again,” said Pleskovic.

Now the Pleskovic family can start to heal.

Family and friends shared happy memories, countless lives Melinda touched as a teacher for many years.

“Just that touch, she was just a natural with kids. I will always remember that about her; she was a born natural at it,” said Pleskovic.

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