Man killed in elevator accident ID'd as Aasim Ghazi, father of twin girls
'It was immediate love,' says Ghazi's wife who reunited with him after 17 years apart
Family and friends gathered on Friday to bid farewell to Aasim Ghazi, a father of twin girls who was killed in an elevator accident at a downtown Toronto hotel this week.
Ghazi's wife, Sadaf, told CBC Toronto she first met the 35-year-old in the southern African country of Botswana, when the two were in kindergarten. Their lives would take separate paths, but the two reunited years later, got married and started a family in Canada.
"We reconnected 17 years down the line," Sadaf Ghazi said. "He travelled all over the world, I travelled, but we reconnected ... And it was immediate love."
- Hotel worker killed in elevator accident suffered serious head injuries
Ghazi moved to Canada in 2002 and the two lived in Montreal for 10 years after getting married in 2005, his wife said.
The couple moved to Toronto only a year and half ago.
According to his LinkedIn page, Ghazi worked as the director of food and beverages at the One King West Hotel and Residence at Yonge Street and King Street West.
On Tuesday evening, police, firefighters and paramedics were called to the luxury condominium and hotel complex for an elevator accident. Ghazi suffered what police described as serious head injuries.
Despite his coworkers' attempts to revive him with a defibrillator and CPR administered by firefighters, Ghazi was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Ministry of Labour is still investigating the incident.
As friends and family learned of Ghazi's death, tributes poured in for him on social media.
"As we suffer the extremely unexpected and shocking loss of my beloved brother Aasim Ghazi," his sister Mehreen Ghazi wrote in a Facebook post, "please keep him, his lovely wife, his beautiful girls and his parents in your prayers today."