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{UAH} Ottawa Iraqi community grieves 2 young men killed in Baseline Road crash



Brodie Fenlon                              { senior director of digital news, CBC News & Centres}

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I thank you for the good work you have done in CBC, we get the latest from all over the place. Thank you very much and kindly continue to do so. I have decided to waste your time on a posting you have done about the accident that has affected so many people in our city of Ottawa, that took the lives of Ali Abdul Ameer and Amer Abbas. These two died in a car accident that happened on Base Line Road over the weekend. Why was it of value to CBC to report the country they came from? And we have had many fatal accidents in the country in last month, where I see no nationality posted by a national broadcasting corporation.


Why did CBC find it important to publicly state the nationality of these accident victims?

Edward Mulindwa


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Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2017 8:58 AM
Subject: {UAH} Ottawa Iraqi community grieves 2 young men killed in Baseline Road crash


Ottawa Iraqi community grieves 2 young men killed in Baseline Road crash

Amer Abbas and Ali Abdulameer were killed in a single-vehicle rollover on Baseline Road Saturday

By Idil Mussa, CBC News Posted: Apr 19, 2017 7:13 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 19, 2017 7:13 AM ET

Ali Abdulameer (left) and Amer Abbas (right) died after the car they were in crashed on Baseline Road near the Central Experimental Farm on April 15, 2017. (Supplied)      

Ottawa's Iraqi community is grieving the death of two young men killed in a single-vehicle rollover on Baseline Road over the weekend.

Amer Abbas and Ali Abdulameer were taken to hospital in critical condition after the car they were in crashed just west of Fisher Avenue Saturday afternoon.

According to police, they were heading east on Baseline Road when the car hopped the median, crashed into a field at the Central Experimental Farm and rolled.

"There are no words to express the sadness," said Ibtihaj Mahdy, president of the Ottawa branch of the Iraqi Canadian Society of Ontario, on Tuesday.

"Everybody is heartbroken today."

Funeral held Tuesday night

The society raised some funds to assist the two families with their funeral costs.

"Everyone was willing to donate," said Mahdy, who added the society is still getting calls from people wishing to donate. Several thousand dollars had been collected by Tuesday.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Abo Ther al Ghafari Mosque Tuesday night for the funeral of the two men.

"It's such a tragic loss for the community," said Mohammad Issa, also a member of the Iraqi Canadian Society of Ontario.

"Even the people who don't know Ali and don't know Amer gathered [at the mosque] because they feel the pain for the families."

Police say the car was heading east on Baseline Road when it hopped the median, crashed into a field and rolled. (Andrew Foote/CBC News)

'Where's my son? Where is Ali?'

Issa once lived on the same street as Abdulameer's mother in Baghdad and remains a close family friend now that they've all relocated to Ottawa.

The woman was in Turkey visiting relatives when she learned her son had been in an accident, and cut her trip short to return home to Ottawa. Issa met her at the airport Tuesday and drove her home to her family, who told her Abdulameer had died.

"She started screaming, 'Where's my son? Where is Ali? You lied at me. You said he was at the hospital,'" Issa recalled.

They had been afraid to tell her the truth over the phone, fearing she'd have a medical emergency.

"We didn't tell her. She might [have gone] through a heart attack," Issa said.

Issa helped bring Abdulameer's mother to the funeral home shortly after she arrived so she could say goodbye to her son before burial Wednesday.

Ottawa police, meanwhile, are still working to determine the cause of the crash and say speed is a possible factor. 

With files from Trevor Pritchard and Joe Lofaro


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