Andrei Anghel has been named as the sole Canadian on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17.
Anghel, 24, hailed from Ontario.
He was studying in Romania and was traveling to Bali for vacation, his father Sorin Anghel told the Canadian Press.
Sorin said that his son was kind and outgoing.
“Everybody who knew him know that he was a very, very kind, very, very, very good person,” Anghel said with a heavy sigh. “He’s going to be missed.”
Anghel was studying at the Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca in Romania’s second-largest city.
“I am passionately interested in the science of living things, always questioning. Why do cells strive for life? What defines life?” he wrote on his LinkedIn profile. “I believe there is much we can learn from the simplest forms of life. I plan to learn and bring new knowledge to the world.”
He graduated from Ajax High School and the University of Waterloo.
Malaysia Airlines says that there were 189 Dutch, 44 Malaysian (including 15 crew and 2 infants), 27 Australian, 12 Indonesian (including 1 infant), 9 United Kingdom, 4 Germany, 4 Belgium, 3 Philippines, 1 New Zealand, and 1 Canadian residents on board.
Four passengers’ nationalities remain unconfirmed while one American was confirmed on board.