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Vigils held across Canada for victims of the Iran plane crash

Residents in cities across Canada gathered last night to mourn the 176 victims of the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 that crashed in Iran on Wednesday morning.

Among those lost were 63 Canadians, many of them from Toronto and Edmonton.

Candlelight vigils were held from coast-to-coast in towns and cities like Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto,  with family members, friends, and strangers meeting to honour the lives of the dead.

Canada has one of the largest Iranian diasporas in the world, and many on the fatal flight from Tehran, Iran to Kiev, Ukraine were due to connect to Toronto.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among those paying respects at the vigil on Parliament Hill.

Many Canadian universities held services for the students, professors, researchers and family members who were on board the flight.

Passengers included international PhD students from the University of Windsor, University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, McMaster University, Carleton University, Western University and the University of Toronto.

Also, students from the University of Ottawa, Saint Mary's University, the University of Victoria, York University, Queen's University, McGill University and Dalhousie University, as well as school boards across the country.

The fact that the crash is now suspected to have been caused by Iranian missile fire has added another layer to an already devastating incident.

Passengers ranged in age from 1 to 74, and included 82 Iranian, 11 Ukrainian, 10 Swedish, four Afghan, three German and three British nationals between the 169 passengers and 9 crew.

Lead photo by

Fareen Karim

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