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(CNN) - A nun, an international athlete and a family traveling on summer vacation.
The victims aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came from around the world and held a wide range of hopes and dreams.
Their stories are being shared online, in traditional media and among friends and loved ones of passengers aboard the Boeing 777, which was shot down Thursday over Ukraine. On Friday, President Obama told reporters that an American, Quinn Lucas Schansman, was aboard. His Facebook page said he was a student at International Business School Hogeschool van Amsterdam.
(CNN) – As a helicopter pilot, he survived thousands of hours of flying a year. His family didn't expect a flight aboard a commercial airplane would take his life.
Cameron Dalziel died, along with 297 others, when a surface-to-air missile, possibly fired by pro-Russian militants, took down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Thursday as the plane traveled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
"He was a lifeguard on the beach, a rescue chopper pilot. He really was larger than life," said brother-in-law Shane Hattingh.
(CNN) - What was once a civil war, now spills over into an international crisis with the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and the loss of 298 lives.
(CNN) – Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in a pro-Russian controlled area of eastern Ukraine. Both the U.S. and Ukraine accuse Russia of supping rebels with the state-of-the-art weaponry, but President Barack Obama stopped short of putting the blame on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"It's very important for us to make sure that we don't get out ahead of the facts, and at this point, in terms of identifying specifically what individual or group of individuals or, you know, personnel ordered the strike," Obama said Friday.
Rebel websites suggested that the bodies discovered at the crash site were "long-dead," speculating the plane could have been MH370, which went missing earlier this year, hidden and then re-used to stage a "provocation."
"It's total nonsense," Ukrainian Ambassador to U.S. Olexander Motsyk said of the wild theory.
(CNN) – If the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 really was the work of pro-Russian rebels, armed by the Russians, does President Vladimir Putin have blood on his hands?
"Putin is responsible. If you want to use the expression blood on his hands, I would say yes," Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."