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Kyprianos Papaioannou first Cypriot fatality in Tempi train crash

03/03/2023 08:49

Twenty-three year old Cypriot law student Kyprianos Papaioannou was identified as the first Cypriot fatality in the deadly train crash in Tempi, northern Greece that has claimed the lives of 57 people.

Another Cypriot, 24-year-old dentistry graduate Anastasia Adamidou from Paphos remains missing.

The Famagusta Music School, of which Papaioannou was a member, said on its Facebook page that with immense sadness and shock it bids farewell to its beloved former student, Kyprianos Papaioannou, "who so unexpectedly and unfairly lost his life in the tragic accident at Tempi".

It said that Papaioannou was very much loved by his classmates, teachers and staff both at the music school and Fotis Pittas High School which he attended.

His love for Byzantine Music led him to the Famagusta Music School with his main focus being on Psaltic music. 

He graduated from the school in 2018 with excellent grades and after his military service as a commando, he continued his studies in Law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Even after his graduation, he continued to contribute to the Music School by participating with its students in local events.

The school's administration expresses sincere condolences to Papaioannou's family.

Avgorou community leader Panagiotis Michaela told CNA that the community is on standby to do whatever it can to support the student's family.

"We have been quietly waiting since Wednesday when this national tragedy struck and were hoping for good news", he said.

However, the community is shocked since the student's remains were identified on Thursday evening. He said Kyprianos was a young man who was close to Church. "His father is the community's priest, he has been with us in good times and bad times. Now we have an obligation to support Kyprianou's family and Father Christodoulos", he added.