More vigils to be held tonight for Canadian victims of plane crash in Iran

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More vigils to be held tonight for Canadian victims of plane crash in Iran


Mourners will gather at more candlelight vigils across Canada on Thursday to grieve the 176 victims of a plane crash on the outskirts of Tehran.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said 138 of the 176 passengers aboard the Kyiv-bound plane had a connecting flight to Canada.

They included newlyweds, families and academics.

The plane went down early Wednesday morning, several minutes after taking off from Iran’s capital, for reasons that are yet unexplained.

Vigils are scheduled for Thursday evening at Mel Lastman Square in North York from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and in Halifax.

There will also be a vigil Friday night, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1761 Sheppard Ave. E. hosted by the Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario office. Hundreds gathered across the country Wednesday night to mourn in the bitter cold in Edmonton and Toronto.

The crash is among the deadliest air disasters involving Canadians.

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With files from the Star’s May Warren





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