Last night at Pearson Airport Turkish Airlines Flight 17 pulled up to the gate at Terminal 1 with what we hope to be the body of Nazzareno Tassone.
The long repatriation began in Syria to Iraq then to Istanbul and finally to Toronto.
The family was there waiting and 5 hours later were able to see his casket.
We still do not know at this time if it is their son, initial reports that came in first from Iraq authorities did not in any way match the identity of their son.
In hindsight I am glad that we asked for dental records from the family, I had a feeling that this might happen or that the remains may not be identifiable without them.
There was also some difference in how it was reported that he died and the wounds he suffered as well.
Because of this we suggested that the Coroners Office in Toronto be engaged, in order to give the family the confidence and closure that they so desperately need at this time.
It has been almost 6 months since it was reported that he died fighting ISIS just a few days before Christmas on the 21st of December 2016.
We will now wait for the Coroners report, more to follow on his repatriation. that will hopefully take place this Wednesday from Toronto to Niagara Falls.
All are invited to take part in the repatriation itself or by lining the bridges on his final journey home.
The route will be from MacKinnon & Bowes, 2 Meridian Road, Toronto via the 401/403/QEW to St. Andrews United Church in Niagara Falls at 5645 Morrison Street.
There will be a short church service followed immediately by burial at Fairview Cemetery beside the church and then a reception in the gymnasium which is attached to the church.
REPATRIATION IS NOW SET FOR WEDNESDAY JUNE 21.
UPDATE TUESDAY JUNE 13 2017, NOTHING TO REPORT YET SO REPATRIATION WILL NOT TAKE PLACE TOMORROW WEDNESDAY, STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE TIMES AND DATES ARE NOT CONFIRMED YET BUT WILL BE AS SOON AS WE KNOW.