CanadaMicah John Messent was a ‘beautiful, shining star,’ tributes say of B.C. man killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash
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Messages of condolence and support are pouring in for the B.C. man killed in Sunday'scrash that claimed 157 lives, including 18 Canadians.
Micah John Messent of Courtenay worked as an Indigenous relations analyst with BC Parks.
Messent was travelling to Kenya where he was to be a delegate with the United Nations Association in Canada (UNCA) for the 4th United Nations Assembly of the Environment.
"I’ll have the chance to meet with other passionate youth and leaders from around the world and explore how we can tackle the biggest challenges that are facing our generation," Messent posted to Facebook on Friday.
18 Canadians killed in Ethiopian plane crash
Ethiopian Airlines says it has contacted the families of the victims of a plane crash Sunday that killed 157 people, including 18 Canadians.
Laurie Meijer Drees, chair of the Indigenous Studies Department at Vancouver Island University, from which Messent earned a B.A., called his death "devastating."
"[He] really was the most beautiful young man who was so proud of his family. He expressed his love for his immediate family all the time," she said.
"He was also very inclusive. With the students who were in our classes he always showing leadership around getting people together, making sure everyone felt happy in the room. His enthusiasm and his creativity and his positive energy were really a hallmark of who he was."
Photos: Canadian victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash
Amina Ibrahim Odowaa of Edmonton, and her five-year-old daughter, Sofia Faisal Abdulkadir.
Micah Messent was an environmentalist from British Columbia.
Kosha Vaidya, Prerit Dixit and their children Ashka and Anushka Dixit
Drees said one of her most prominent memories about Messent was his approach to Indigenous issues.
"One of the things he brought is a creative attitude towards this business of reconciliation. As a proud Metis person he didn't want to focus on racism and negativity and critique that is often part of those conversations. He wanted to demonstrate goodwill and happy cross-cultural interaction."
Messent, who graduated from Courtenay's GP Vanier Secondary School in 2013, is also remembered as an avid sailor who had plans to study law one day.
On Monday, B.C. Premier John Horgan issued a statement saying he was "deeply saddened to learn of the death of BC Parks employee and recent Indigenous youth intern Micah Messent."
'It's just very unfair': Tributes flow for Danielle Moore, Ethiopian Airlines crash victim
Anguished messages from across the country paint Danielle Moore as a brilliant light whose smile and laugh were contagious and who care deeply about Indigenous issues, the environment, and simply making the world better. The 24-year-old, who was from Toronto but living in Winnipeg, died Sunday when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on the way from Addis Ababa, Ethiopa's capital, to Nairobi, Kenya. All 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard were killed. Moore, who was headed to a United Nations environmental conference, was among 18 Canadians who died.
"Micah was committed to tackling the challenges he saw around him in the world, both in his work to protect the environment and to advance reconciliation."
Ocean Wise, with whom Messent worked as a part of its Ocean Bridge program, also offered "heartfelt condolences" to his family and friends, and said peers would be offered counselling and support.
Messent's Facebook page has also been flooded with hundreds of messages of love and support.
"Rest easy brother, you truly are one of the kindest souls I’ve had the pleasure of knowing," posted one friend.
"A beautiful, shining star dimmed much, much, much to soon. Our lives will never be the same without your light," added another.
"Your love of nature, your boundless energy, and your kindness are lessons I’ll keep with me my friend. Thank you for all of your work in the world. I’ll miss your laugh," added a third.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Pilot of Crashed Jet Reported Flight-Control Problems.
The pilot of the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed Sunday reported that he was having flight-control problems and wanted to return to the airport, but didn’t indicate any other technical faults or other difficulties.