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.
Usually, I go to Amir Bakery to buy bread, but today I went to grieve.— New Canadian Media (@NewCdnMedia) January 16, 2020
The bakery’s owner lost his daughter, Fatemah, and his wife, Ayeshe, in the downing of the plane near Tehran. There were six people on board from North Vancouver, where I live.@aysacar https://t.co/nQL2wg3ZR9 pic.twitter.com/QPlBxP4fjR
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.
I visited Amir Bakery, one of the many moving tributes to the victims of Flight #PS752, with my colleague @JonathanWNV and @LindaCBuchanan, mayor of North Vancouver today. The entire country is united in grief. pic.twitter.com/jtdq8lwHv3— François-Philippe Champagne (FPC) 🇨🇦 (@FP_Champagne) January 14, 2020
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.
My hometown bakery in North Vancouver has closed. Amir Pasavand lost his wife and daughter in the plane crash in #Iran. Hoping this bakery reopens when Amir returns as I know our whole community will be there for him. (Photo via Tyler Milley) 🖤 pic.twitter.com/iZTZnyDje0— Nilo Tabrizy (@ntabrizy) January 12, 2020
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.
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