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McMaster to join nation-wide moment of silence for victims of Flight PS752

Iman Aghabali and Mehdi Eshaghian, PhD students at McMaster University, as well as former post doctoral fellow Siavash Maghsoudlou, were among those who died when the Ukraine International Airlines flight was shot down.

PhD students Iman Aghabali and Mehdi Eshaghian were among those killed

McMaster PhD students Iman Aghabali and Mehdi Eshaghian were among the victims of flight PS752, as well as former post doctoral fellow Siavash Maghsoudlou. (Bobby Hristova/CBC)

McMaster University is inviting students and staff to take part in a national moment of silence to remember the victims of Flight PS752, including two PhD students and a former post doctoral fellow who studied at the school.

Universities across the county will take part in the minute of silence at 1 p.m. Wednesday — one week after the flight carrying 176 people was shot down, killing everyone on board.

Iranian leaders admitted Saturday that Iran's Revolutionary Guard "unintentionally" shot down the Boeing 737-800 using surface-to-air missiles. Of the 176 people on board, 57 were Canadians.

Iman Aghabali and Mehdi Eshaghian, PhD students at McMaster University, as well as former post doctoral fellow Siavash Maghsoudlou, were among those who died.

"We hope people participate in the minute of silence in whatever way they choose," said university president David Farrar in a media release.

"Whether it is a moment of individual silence, or a time for people to come together, every person will decide how best they want to mark the moment as a sign of solidarity and support."

Mourners at the McMaster University vigil for Iman Aghabali, Mehdi Eshaghian and Siavash Maghsoudlou Estarabadi sob as speakers reflect on the victims' lives. (Bobby Hristova/CBC)

Two tearful vigils honouring those who were lost were held at the university over the past week, with hundreds of attendees at both.

Those planning to participate in the moment of silence are invited to an informal gathering in the lobby of the John Hodgins Engineering building starting at 12:45 p.m.

with files from Katie Simpson