This story was updated with new information at 4:25 p.m.
Reversing a Wednesday statement, the University confirmed the death of undergraduate Queen’s student Amir Moradi, who was on board the flight that killed 176 people in Iran Wednesday morning.
A vigil for Moradi, an Arts and Science student in his third year, and all of the lives lost in the crash, is set to be held Friday evening at McLaughlin Room in the JDUC.
“We are heartbroken this morning to hear of the passing of a member of our community who was aboard the Ukrainian flight PS752 in Iran,” a statement issued by the AMS on Thursday afternoon read.
“Although words do little to capture the pain of any loss, our thoughts go out to the friends, family, and all our peers at Queen’s who have been impacted by this devastating news. We are in communication with the University and will update students accordingly.”
Several Ontario university students—including students from the University of Toronto, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Ottawa, and the University of Guelph—were among the 63 Canadians killed in the crash.
In a tweet Wednesday, before the University was aware of one of its students’ presence on the plane, Principal Patrick Deane offered his condolences to the Canadian students who fell victim to the crash.
“Today is a very difficult day in the Canadian higher education community as we mourn the loss of friends, students, and colleagues who perished in the Ukrainian plane crash in Iran,” he wrote.
A statement from the AMS released on Wednesday afternoon said the organization is “deeply saddened” by the crash.
“Our sincerest condolences to our peers, friends, and colleagues, particularly in the Canadian-Iranian community, who may have lost loved ones in this terrible incident.”
In a statement posted Wednesday, the University said it had lowered campus flags to commemorate the lives lost and was offering support to the 156 Iranian students at Queen’s.
“The university is reaching out to all of them to let them know of the support and services available on campus, and many of these students have been meeting at the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) to find fellowship and support.”
This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.
This story was updated to reflect the full scope of Friday’s vigil.
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