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UBC Okanagan vigil honours those killed in Iranian plane crash

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January 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

A vigil will be held at the UBC Okanagan campus today to honour those who died in a plane crash that killed 176 people, including a UBC professor, a student and two alumni.

At least 63 Canadians were killed Jan. 8 when Ukraine International Airlines flight 762 was allegedly hit by a missile and crashed in Iran.

UBC President Santa Ono confirmed the deaths in a statement.

“It is with great sadness that I can now report the death of alumna Niloofar Razzaghi who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Math in May, 2010 and a Bachelor of Education in November, 2018.

"Mehran Abtahi also died. He joined UBC in October of last year as a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of civil engineering.

“Their deaths are in addition to those confirmed… of Zeynab Asadi Lari and Mohammadhossein Asadi Lari. Zeynab enrolled at UBC in 2016 in the (Bachelor of Science) program, with a biology major. Mohammadhossein graduated in 2018 with (a degree) in cellular, anatomical and physiological sciences with honours standing,” he said.

Flags were lowered to half mast at both UBC campuses.

UBC Okanagan's vigil will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Jan. 10, in the Richard S. Hallisey Atrium of the Engineering, Management and Education building, room EME 0020.


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