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Vancouver devastated after local bakery closes because of Iran plane crash

As people across the country and the globe mourn the 176 victims of last week's plane crash in Iran, members of the community are coming together to offer support to the families of those lost in the accident.

On the West Coast, residents of North Vancouver are helping to raise funds for the owner of a beloved independent bakery whose wife and daughter tragically died in the crash of Ukraine International Airlines PS752 on the way from Tehran to Kiev on January 8.

The bakery, which has sadly shut down while owner Amir Pasavand grieves, has been turned into a memorial for his wife Ayeshe Pourghaderi and teenage daughter Fatemah Pasavand, as well as for all passengers of the fatal crash.

The two were among seven members of the Vancouver area and 57 Canadians who were onboard, including a slew of students.

Candles, flowers, photos and placards now line the exterior of the storefront while many worry for Pasavand's well-being and wonder if and when he will re-open his popular shop.

Locals have launched a crowdfunding campaign to offer their condolences and lessen the financial burden on the small business owner. More than $4,000 of a $30,000 goal has been raised since its inception two days ago.

A number of candlelight vigils have been held at the bakery, while various members of the community and local government have stopped by to pay their respects, hoping Pasavand will be able to get his business back up and running with the support of the Vancouver area behind him.

Lead photo by

MP Jonathan Wilkinson

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