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UK's Iranian Student Association hosts vigil in honor of crash victims

Posted at 3:00 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-11 06:14:52-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)  — The University of Kentucky Iranian Student Association held a vigil to remember the 176 lives lost after a jetliner crashed shortly after it took off from the Tehran airport Wednesday.

The Iranian students were moved to tears, as candles were lit and music was played.

Western leaders say the plane was mistakenly shot down hours after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq. The Iranian attacks were to avenge the killing of Qassem Soleimani in an american air strike. One UK student is from Tehran, Iran. She says her emotions are a reaction to the news from her home country.

"They just want the daily normal life. It doesn't matter where you are living. You just want to live a normal life and then you're the victim of the decisions that are made and you were not even involved. You're the victim of what's happening," Banafseh Aghayee said.

Now they wait for what happens next.