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December 30th, 2014
06:08 PM ET

Who were the victims of QZ8501?

(CNN) - The mysterious circumstances surrounding AirAsia Flight QZ8501 gave loved ones of the 162 people on board reason hope that somehow, some way, they would be found alive.

But now that debris and bodies have been found, that hope has given way to unbearable grief. Some family members even fainted when an Asian news channel broadcast live images of what appeared to be bodies floating in the water.

And as the harsh reality of this tragedy sets in, we're learning more about the mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, and young children who were on the doomed plane.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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