A video of an Iranian man mourning his wife and son who were killed when Iran shot down a Ukrainian plane has gone viral, with viewers expressing concern about him after he said he would join his family “soon.”
The man in the video is Shahin Moghaddam, whose 10-year-old son Rosstin Moghaddam, and 39-year-old wife Shakiba Feghahati, were killed when Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps shot down a Ukrainian civilian plane on Wednesday.
The video is shot by Moghaddam. He enters his son Rosstin’s bedroom, and starts walking around, filming his son’s toys, and speaking.
“Rosstin, I cleaned all of your Legos for you … stay with [your mother] Shakiba for a bit, be together, dad will come soon,” he says in the video.
Following the video, Iranians online were fearful that Moghaddam may attempt to commit suicide, with unconfirmed reports that he had made an attempt on Saturday.
A few hours later, Moghaddam appeared in another video, sitting on Rosstin’s bed. He thanked both Iranians and non-Iranians for their messages of support and sympathy, and confirmed that he is alive.
Moghaddam had told Global News that he last saw his wife and son on December 10 when they left for Iran. He said it was their first trip home since the family came to Canada for a better life seven years ago.
The IRGC shot down flight PS752 on Wednesday, killing all 176 passengers on board.
After days of denying any involvement, Iran admitted to shooting down the plane.