Candlelight vigil held on Michigan Tech's Campus for victims of Ukrainian Flight 752

Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 4:16 PM EST
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Students and faculty gathered at the Husky statue on Michigan Tech's campus Tuesday to pay their respects to the casualties of the plane crash that happened last week in Iran.

"We generally have a special ceremony when people die back home after 7 days. It’s to just think about the person, share good things about him or her. That's why we scheduled the event today, on Wednesday," said Hossein Tavakoli, President of the Iranian Community at Michigan Tech.

The vigil was put together by the Iranian Community at Michigan Tech, many of whom have been affected personally by the lives lost in the plane crash.

"We had friends among the list of people that we don't have anymore. Thinking about the memories with them is hard, and I think the Iranian Community, and the United States, Canada, and Iran, are all suffering from these losses and they don't know what to do," added Tavakoli.

Members of the Tech community from all walks of life put their differences aside for the time being to be together for a moment of silence.

"We had a really large turnout, which is what we like to see, people from all different backgrounds coming together and showing that Husky community pride and that we're all in this together and here to support one another," said Kellie Raffaelli, Assistant Dean of Students at Michigan Tech.

The organizers said that the most important part about this event was honoring the victims.

"Many people showed up today, more than we expected, and although it kind of was a political act, we didn't mean for it to be that way. This is just about honoring the lives that have been cut short," said Tavakoli.

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