Edmontonians gather at city hall to honour Flight 752 crash victims with condolence book

A condolence book for the families of local victims aboard Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was officially presented to the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton on Saturday.

“This is the testimony of what Canada is,” said Reza Akbari, the president of the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton.

“I don’t know how to describe what this means to me — this means humanity.”

While more than six weeks have passed since the devastating crash that took the lives of 57 Canadians, emotions for many at the ceremony were still raw.

“I still don’t know how to feel,” Akbari said. “Forty-five days pass, we still at some corner of our eyes, we’re feeling like it’s going to be a dream.”

The plane was shot down by Iranian missiles on Jan. 8, just minutes after it took off from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport. A total of 176 people were on board.

Thirteen people from Edmonton — nine citizens and four international students — were on the plane. They included a medical doctor and her two daughters, two professors and their children, and a number of students from the University of Alberta.

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