Vigil for victims of Ukraine Airlines crash being held in Mississauga

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Canadians across the country have been gathering to mourn the victims of the tragic Ukrainian International Airlines crash, and Mississauga residents are being invited to pay their respects to the deceased at a vigil in Celebration Square.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie announced that the vigil will take place today (Jan. 10) from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

The Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 crash, which took place in Shahedshahr, just southwest of the Iranian capital, Tehran, claimed the lives of 176 people and 63 Canadians. 

One of the victims was identified as Zeynab Asadi Lari, a University of Toronto—Mississauga student. 

Her brother, Mohammed Asadi Lari, was also killed in the crash.

At a Jan. 9 press conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that evidence from Canadian and other intelligence agencies suggests the plane was struck by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. 

Trudeau said that the strike might have been unintentional. 

Iran has denied striking the aircraft. 

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) recently announced that it has been invited by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau of the Islamic Republic of Iran to attend the accident site. 

We have accepted this invitation and we are making arrangements to travel to the site. The TSB will be working with other groups and organizations already on site,” the TSB said in a statement. 

Canada has demanded a full investigation into the incident. 

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