Ajax, Ont. family devastated by death of son on Malaysia flight

Andrei Anghel was killed along with 297 other passengers on board Malaysia Air Flight 17 that was...

Andrei Anghel was killed along with 297 other passengers on board Malaysia Air Flight 17 that was shot down over Ukraine, Thursday. (Handout photo)

Angela Hennessy, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:20 PM ET

TORONTO — A devastated family continues to endure the aftershock of its horrifying loss.

The sister and parents of Andrei Anghel, 24, the Ajax, Ont., man who was killed along with 297 other passengers onboard Malaysia Air Flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine , are still in shock.

Anghel, who was studying medicine at university in Romania, was travelling to Bali with his German girlfriend for a vacation when the disaster occurred.

"We're not even considering how or why this happened; we're just trying to deal with what happened to us and what we have lost at this point," his older sister, Alexandra Anghel, told QMI Agency on Saturday. "Andrei's our baby."

Alexandra spoke to her brother right before he boarded the doomed flight and had told him to be safe and that she loved him.

The nation has mourned alongside the Anghels, who said they sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support.

"It's incredibly nice to know that everyone is suffering with us," she said. "But, to us, it's more than a national or international disaster at this point.

The Anghels said they are expecting to hear shortly from the foreign affairs office about what will happen as families wait for the recovery of loved ones' remains.


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