An Edmonton university student has been confirmed as one of the victims of last week’s terrorist truck attack in Nice, France.
In a release in a release MacEwan University said Mykhaylo (Misha) Bazelevskyy, who was 22, was among those who died in the July 14th massacre.
The school says confirmation of his death came late Tuesday from French authorities and his family.
The Embassy of Ukraine in Ottawa had previously confirmed that a Ukrainian citizen who had been studying in Alberta had been killed in the attack but wouldn’t confirm the victim’s identity.
Bazelevskyy, who was in the School of Business, had permanent resident status in Canada, but was travelling on a Ukrainian passport.
The school said it had five students and one faculty member from the School of Business enrolled in the European Innovation Academy, an experimental summer training program, in Nice. Four of the students — Derek Anderson, Alanna Brokop, Ismail Khalil and Rebecca Smillie — and faculty member Launa Linaker, were confirmed to be safe, but Bazelevskyy was missing.
Bazelevskyy first came to MacEwan University as an international student, and has a brother and sister-in-law in Edmonton. He is a Ukraine national but has permanent resident status in Canada.
The Bastille Day truck attack on the Mediterranean city of Nice killed at least 84 people. Hundreds were injured in the Thursday night attack, and about 85 people remained hospitalized Sunday, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said on a visit to the southern French city. Of those, 18 are in life-threatening condition – including one child, she said.
Investigators are hunting for possible accomplices to truck driver Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian who had lived in Nice for years. He was killed by police after ramming his truck through crowds on Nice’s famed seafront after a holiday fireworks display.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it’s unclear whether Bouhlel had concrete links to the group.
(photo courtesy MacEwan University School of Business)
With files from Karen Bartko, Global News