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Montreal Is Mourning 2 Happy Couples Who Tragically Died In Iran Plane Crash

A vigil for the victims is planned for Thursday evening.
Iran Plane Crash Victims Include 2 Happy Montreal Couples

63 Canadians are among the 176 passengers who died when a Ukrainian International flight went down after taking off from Tehran. In total, 138 people on the flight were connecting to Canada, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Iran plane crash has devasted communities across Canada.

At least six Montrealers lost their lives, including two married couples: Siavash Ghafouri-Azar and Sara Mamani, and Aida Farzaneh and Arvin Morattab. 

Friends of both couples are now sharing their memories on social media.

Siavash Ghafouri-Azar and Sara Mamani were returning to Canada after marrying in Tehran.

Siavash worked as a Performance Specialist at Pratt & Whitney Canada while Sara was a Product Change and Configuration Management Engineer at Bombardier.

Both had recently graduated from Concordia. A professor told CTV News that the couple had just purchased a house in Montreal's suburb of Brossard.

At Bombardier, Sara's colleagues are delivering flowers to her desk.

"We are all devastated by the sudden death of Sara Mamani," they told MTL Blog.

"She was kind, nice and full of life, the coming days and weeks are going to be extremely hard."

"Today, we observed a minute of silence in lobby to remember her. She will be missed so much, We will never forget you Sara."

Nader Jafari Nodoushan, who describes Sara and Siavash as his closest friends in Montreal, told MTL Blog that their Concordia peers are holding a memorial for the couple on Friday.

On Facebook, Noudoushan wrote a touching goodbye, highlighting their life together in the city.

"Your place is really in the sky and our thoughts and hearts. I am greatful that I have been a part of all of your life steps together here and saw the joy you have had with us."

"I will keep this pain and wished you didn't leave us alone in this path."

Aida Farzaneh and Arvin Morattab both attended the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal. 

In a statement, the school said that the "entire ÉTS community offers its most sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of Ms. Farzaneh and Mr. Morattab, as well as to their teachers and colleagues."

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Aida worked for Lemay as a BIM Manager and Building Energy Specialist. Her workplace released a statement calling her an "extremely intelligent, structured and rigorous employee whose engaging personality made it very pleasant to work with her."

Arvin was a Senior Power System Engineer at Eaton.

On Facebook, Aida for years regularly posted photos of her and her husband. In their travels and outings in the city, the couple appeared happy and optimistic.

Part of the cover image of this article comes from Aida's Facebook page.

Arvin's last social media post was a hopeful New Year's message to his followers on LinkedIn.

"Happy 2020. Wish you all a year full of joy and happiness," he wrote.

Translation: This news is shocking. My thoughts are with the families and loved ones of Montrealers and all the victims of this terrible tragedy. Our hearts go out to you.

Other Montrealers who died in the crash include Shahab Raana and Mohammed Moein.

A public vigil for the victims will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Concordia's downtown campus, according to Global News.

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