‘Our loved ones aren’t with us any more’: Iranian-Canadians mourn

Mohammad Nazemi struggled to find the words.

Huddled amongst more than 150 mourners to commemorate the victims of this week’s deadly plane crash in the Iranian capital, the 25-year-old computer science student said two of his friends were on the flight that went down.

“It’s hard. It’s hard to think that they’re [people] that you knew and right now they’re not alive any more.”

At least 63 Canadian citizens, mostly of Iranian origin, were killed when the Ukrainian International Airlines flight went down in Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.

Many other passengers, including several Iranian students attending Canadian universities and colleges, also had ties to Canada, local media has reported.

Nazemi said two of his friends’ relatives were also killed in the crash.

Video appears to show Ukraine plane being hit (2:58)
“I don’t care about the reasons that this situation happened,” he said, tears in his eyes.

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