Kenya Community in Ontario hosting vigil to remember family that perished in Ethiopian crash

Five members of a Hamilton family were killed in an Ethiopian Airlines crash last Sunday: Ann Wangui Karanja, left, Ryan, centre left, Kerri, centre right, and Carolyne Karanja, right. At front is 7-month-old Rubi. (Kenyan Community in Ontario)

The Kenyan Community in Ontario will hold a public vigil in Hamilton on Saturday in honor of a Hamilton family of five who died in the Ethiopian crash.

The five-family-member included a seven-month-old Rubi Wangui Njuguna her seven-year-old brother Ryan, her four-year-old sister Kelly, there mother 34-year-old mother Carolyne Karanja and there 60-year-old grandmother Ann Wangui Karanja.

The family was heading to Kenya to see Carolyne Karanja’s father, Quindos, who would meet his granddaughter for the first time.

In documents acquired by Mkarimu Media the organizing committee in a notice has called all its members and people across the globe to join hands in Saturday’s vigil in Hamilton city council chambers in honor of the deceased.

“In honor of all the Hamilton Families, Kenyans, Canadians and all the 157 victims who lost their lives, we are inviting members of our Kenyan Community, Canadian Community, Media, Organizations and Corporations, and various arms of government to join us for a vigil on: March 16 in Council Chambers, City of Hamilton, 71 Main St W, 2nd Floor from 5:00 pm to 7.30 pm,” read part of the notice.

The vigil will not only honour the Karanja’s family, but the 157 victims who died in the crash, the Kenyan Community in Ontario said in a statement.

“This tragedy transcends regions and national borders, affecting people from multiple nations both in Canada and across the globe,” it said in a notice about the vigil. “The Kenyan community is extremely devastated by this catastrophic and heart wrecking event.”

A local teacher Dawn Tanner also died in the crash.

Tanner, 47, was the department head for the special education program at Hagersville Secondary School.

The Ethiopian Airlines plane went down moments after takeoff from Addis Ababa’s airport Sunday, killing all 157 passengers and crew on board, including 32 Kenyans and 18 Canadians.

Kenya and Canada had the highest number of victims.

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