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Prime Minister Trudeau to attend Edmonton memorial for plane crash victims

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to be in attendance at a memorial in Edmonton Sunday to honour the victims killed when Iran “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 aboard.

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57 Canadians were among the dead including 13 with ties to Edmonton.

Trudeau will deliver remarks and will join other politicians expected to attend including Premier Jason Kenney and Mayor Don Iveson.

University of Alberta President David Turpin will also speak. Several of the Edmonton victims were current or former students of the university while two others were professors.

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Alumna of the school volunteer with the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton Pegah Salari will emcee the memorial.

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Doors open at the Saville Community Sports Centre at 2 p.m. Sunday with the ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. and lasting approximately two hours.

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Each of the 13 victims from Edmonton will be honoured in presentations by community members, according to details released by the university Saturday.

Edmonton Transit Service announced on Twitter that LRT service would be free all day.

Global News will be livestreaming the service from 3  p.m. to 5 p.m. MT for those unable to attend. To watch, go to this page.