An army captain from Chicago is among the eight Americans who were killed in the horrific Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.
Antoine Lewis, 40, was one of 157 people who were killed when the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 headed for Nairobi went down minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday morning. There were no survivors.
Lewis, who served in Afghanistan, leaves behind a wife and 15-year-old son.
Lewis was the third generation in his family to enlist in the Army. He was doing Christian missionary work in Africa at the time of his death, according to WGN.
Also among the victims was Danielle Moore, a 24-year-old activist from Canada.
Moore had excitedly posted on Facebook that she had been selected to attend the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya shortly before the plane went down.
Moore, who had worked for a variety of non-profit organizations in Winnipeg, wrote that she was excited to ‘discuss global environmental issues, share stories, and connect with other youth and leaders from all over the world’. She wrote.
I feel beyond privileged to be receiving this opportunity.
Pius Adesanmi was a Nigerian professor at Carleton University in Ottawa. He was on his way to a meeting of the African Union’s Economic, Social, and Cultural Council in Nairobi.
The acclaimed author was the director of Carleton’s Institute of African Studies and a former assistant professor of comparative literature at Pennsylvania State University.
‘Pius was a towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship and his sudden loss is a tragedy,” said Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Carleton’s president and vice chancellor.
Adesanmi was the winner of the inaugural Penguin Prize for African non-fiction writing in 2010.
The last photo Adesanmi posted on Facebook showed him with his Canadian passport.
His caption included an eerily foreshadowing Psalm:
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.