A child who died had asked his mother, "What happens when the plane will crash?"
"I didn't listen to him," the mother says. "Why the children? Why not me?"
International athlete, vacationing family and a Roman Catholic nun among MH17 victims
Many AIDS workers were on board, heading to an international conference
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A nun, a leading AIDS researcher, an international athlete and a family traveling on summer vacation.
The victims aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came from around the world and held a wide range of hopes and dreams.
Their stories are being shared online, in traditional media and among friends and loved ones of passengers aboard the Boeing 777, which was shot down by unknown attackers Thursday in a rebel-controlled part of eastern Ukraine.
Malaysia Airlines on Saturday issued its latest list of the 298 people aboard doomed Flight MH17, which was shot down in eastern Ukraine. There were 193 Dutch citizens – the most of any nation – on the flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The other people came from around the world.
Nationalities aboard MH17
Nationalities aboard MH17
193 Dutch (including 1 dual Netherlands/U.S. citizen)
43 Malaysian (including 15 crew, 2 infants)
12 Indonesian (including 1 infant)
10 British (including 1 dual UK/South African citizen)
1 New Zealander
Forty-three were from Malaysia, including 15 crew and two infants; 27 were from Australia; 12 were from Indonesia; 10 were from the United Kingdom, including one dual UK/South African citizen; four were from Germany; four were from Belgium, three were from the Philippines; and one was from Canada.
Included in the Dutch toll was the lone American, who had dual Dutch-U.S. citizenship.
Malaysia Airlines listed one passenger as being from New Zealand, but the airline’s count did not mention one Hong Kong passenger included in earlier tallies.
Miguel and Shaka Calehr
Samira Calehr’s sons were setting out to visit their grandmother halfway across the world in Bali.
But the youngest son, 10-year-old Miguel, was nervous.
“After entering for the passport, he came back, ran to me and said, ‘Mama, I love you. I’m happy to see Ohma but I’m going to miss you. And what happens when the plane will crash?’” Calehr said in Amsterdam.
Calehr tried to assure him everything would be OK.
“I said come on, don’t be silly,” the mother said. “You’ve been traveling already so many times. Everything’s going to be OK.”
But as it turned out, the boy’s premonition was right.
Miguel and his 19-year-old brother, Shaka, perished in the crash. The middle brother, Mika, had to catch a later flight only because MH17 was fully booked.
Now, Mika must carry on without his two “best friends.”
“It feels like they’re already one with me now,” Mika said. “I feel like they’re going to watch over me forever.”
But Calehr is filled with remorse after her youngest son expressed concerns.
“If I could just turn back time,” she said, staring at the ground. “I didn’t listen to him.”
Calehr wishes she could trade places with her two lost sons.
“Why didn’t they take my life?” she asked. “They’re still young. They still have a future. Why the children? Why not me?”
Karlijn Keijzer, 25, was a champion rower from Amsterdam who had showed passion and leadership in the United States as a member of the team at Indiana University in Bloomington. The blond Dutch chemistry student with an infectious smile left behind a team of friends, many of whom will remember her for a lifetime.
“She was so intelligent and such a hard worker. But rowing was her passion,” said teammate Kelly Bainbridge. Keijzer rowed on the team’s fastest boat crew, where she showed leadership and a technique that Bainbridge described as “pristine.”
Her accomplishments included racing in the European Rowing Junior Championships in 2006 and the World Rowing Junior Championships in 2007.
“She was bold. She said everything like she wanted to say. She was direct. And she was beautiful inside and out. And she was brilliant,” teammate Catherine Campbell told CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”
Keijzer was traveling with her boyfriend, Laurens van der Graaff.
“They had a love that few find in this lifetime,” Campbell said.
She was driven and a hard worker, but she never lost sight of who she was, friends said. In the gym during weight training, “if someone was having a tough day, she would give them a pat on the back,” said Bainbridge. She also had a refreshing sense of humor. With a tip of the hat to Indiana’s farmland culture, Keijzer showed up at a team party dressed as an ear of corn.
“I feel like so much of the media coverage focuses on nationalities,” Bainbridge said. This tragedy, she said, transcends that. “For us, it wasn’t about where you’re from. We were like family.”
A former roommate said she was the most genuine person she had ever met.
“If you were worrying about something that you should not be worrying about, or if you were obsessing over something that was not a big deal, she was going to tell you to lighten up,” Rachel Weigler said. “You know, she just wanted you to love life.”
Aerospace engineer Fatima Dyczynski was founder of the high-tech startup Xoterra Space in the Netherlands. The company website described her as a “thought leader, scientist, creative space enthusiast, motivated entrepreneur, public speaker, all world traveler and absolute futurist.”
Her parents were having a hard time accepting that she had been killed.
“Our daughter is a survivor,” her mother, Angela Rudhart-Dyczynsk, told CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.”
Their daughter was innovative and creative, she said.
“We believe she was the face of the young generation,” Rudhart-Dyczynsk told CNN.
Dyczynski also was CEO and project manager of Xoterra.
“We are very grieved by the loss of the founder of Xoterra Space, Fatima Dyczynski, who passed away in flight MH17 to Kuala Lumpur,” the company said in a statement. “Fatima was energetic, full of life and her dreams reached to the outermost of space. She was brightly outspoken, ambitious and incredibly motivated. Many people were inspired by her dreams to make space personal and her passion for innovation and business.”
Pim de Kuijer
Dutch passenger Pim de Kuijer was on his way to an International AIDS Conference in Australia – a trip that was to be followed by a backpacking excursion there, according to his Facebook page.
It was one of many overseas trips the 32-year-old had taken in his life. In addition to his work as an AIDS campaigner, de Kuijer had also worked as an elections observer in Egypt and posted pictures to his Facebook in May of elections there. He had also previously covered elections in Ukraine, according to Channel 4 News.
“He devoted his life to trying to change the world around him for the better,” his brother Paul de Kuijer told CNN on Monday. “He used to work on democratization projects in Sierra Leone, Malaysia, Russia and Ukraine, as well.”
He said that the reactions to his brother’s death told him more about the man.
“I now know he touched so many lives and he was in fact maybe a remarkable person,” Paul de Kuijer said.
His brother always believed that dialogue was the key to solving crises such as the one in Ukraine.
“The last thing he would have wanted is his death or even the tragic incident that caused his death to contribute to even a more difficult situation there in the conflict,” Paul de Kuijer said.
The day of the crash, de Kuijer posted to his Facebook page a picture of him posing beneath aviator sunglasses and sporting a large travelers’ backpack. Well-wishers’ comments turned from excitement, to panic, to devastation as the Facebook community learned of the downed MH17 and the passengers aboard.
“I still can’t get my head around the fact that he was killed,” wrote one friend. “Pim believed in understanding between countries, the rule of law and equality for all and fought for his values through his work and his political activities. Let’s try to live up his legacy and work even harder towards a peaceful world.”
His brother-in-law, Shane Hattingh, told CNN that Cameron Dalziel really was “larger than life.”
“I know everybody says that,” Hattingh said, “He’s what I called a high-value South African … citizen. Wherever he went in the world people were like, this is someone to be reckoned with.”
Hattingh said even after he and his family realized the plane had gone down with no chance of survival, he still thought Dalziel would walk away alive.
Dalziel, who had a British passport, was the married father of two boys, according to media reports in England.
Hattingh said Dalziel had been a lifeguard once and was a helicopter pilot.
John Alder and Liam Sweeney
In the UK, the Newcastle United soccer team announced that two of its “most loyal supporters,” John Alder and Liam Sweeney, had died aboard the plane. The two were lifelong supporters and followers of Newcastle. Sweeney volunteered as a steward on fan buses to away games, and the two were familiar to thousands of fans and staff, the club told Sky Sports. They were en route to New Zealand to join the team for a tour.
The father of Canadian medical student Andrei Anghel, 24, told The Canadian Press that his son boarded Flight 17 on his way to vacation in Bali, CTV reported. Durham Regional police delivered the sad news to the father, according to the report. Anghel, from Ajax, Ontario, was enrolled at University of Waterloo before relocating to Romania for medical school, CTV reported.
Bryce Fredriksz and Daisy Oehlers
The couple were headed to vacation in Bali. Daisy Oehlers’ mother had died a few months ago, and the trip was meant to be an escape.
“I paid their tickets to give them four weeks holiday to find their happiness again,” Bryce’s mother, Silena Fredriksz, said.
She implored the rebels to return their bodies to their native Netherlands.
“I want to put my son and his girlfriend – Bryce and Daisy – together again here,” she said. “They have to be buried together. They died together. They loved each other. They have to be together forever.”
The rebels can loot all they want, she said, but must let their bodies be repatriated.
“They can have everything, but the bodies have to come back,” she said. “Take their iPhones, take their money, take everything.”
The Gunawan family
Three additional victims of Flight 17 were a family traveling home to the Philippines. Irene Gunawan, 54, and her children – Sheryl Shania Gunawan, 15, and Darryl Dwight Gunawan, 20 – were on a summer vacation. The youngest was a high school student, family friend Peter Overbeeke told ABS CBN News.
“They were a very sweet family,” he said, describing them as “harmonious,” “peaceful” and “successful.”
Darryl Dwight Gunawan was an up-and-coming DJ, according to a close friend. Johny Waliam said his friend wanted to be more than a DJ; he wanted to give back.
“He said he wanted to help people, so he was going to study to be a doctor to help other people,” Waliam said.
Kevin Jesurun lived an international life.
He was born in Aruba but lived in South Florida and graduated in 1990 from Palmer Trinity High in Miami, reported CNN affiliate WFOR in Miami.
Jesurun, 43, was heading to Kuala Lumpur before arriving in Manila to start a new job at a call center, his friend, Kenrick Augusta of Boynton Beach, Florida, told CNN affiliate WPBF.
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