Matt Hutchins shared a memorial to his late wife, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was fatally shot on the set of Alec Baldwin’s Rust. On Twitter, Hutchins wrote “Halyna inspired us all with her passion and vision, and her legacy is too meaningful to encapsulate in words. Our loss is enormous, and we ask that the media please respect my family’s privacy as we process our grief. We thank everyone for sharing images and stories of her life.” He also asked for any monetary donations in Hutchins’s memory to be donated to her alma mater, American Film Institute, to create a scholarship for women in cinematography.
Director Joel Souza also made a statement to Deadline Saturday morning on the tragedy. Souza told Deadline, “I am gutted by the loss of my friend and colleague, Halyna. She was kind, vibrant, incredibly talented, fought for every inch, and always pushed me to be better.” Souza was also injured by a gunshot wound in the accident and was released from the hospital on Friday, October 22. “My thoughts are with her family at this most difficult time,” Souza said on the matter, “I am humbled and grateful by the outpouring of affection we have received from our filmmaking community, the people of Santa Fe, and the hundreds of strangers who have reached out. … It will surely aid in my recovery.”
Update October 24, 3:00 p.m.: Hutchins’s father, Anatoly Androsovych, commented on Hutchins’s death on Sunday, telling The Sun, “We still can’t believe Halyna is dead and her mother is going out of her mind with grief. But I don’t hold Alec Baldwin responsible — it is the responsibility of the props people who handle the guns. [Halyna’s son] has been very badly affected — he is lost without his mother.”