Quebec man killed in Milan plane crash remembered as an ‘exceptional friend’

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A Quebec man was among those killed after a small plane crashed in Milan last weekend, which Italian authorities have confirmed killed all eight people on board.

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Condolences have been expressed for Julian Broussard, a lawyer in Montreal, after a horrific collision overseas.

The Quebec Liberal MNA, Marwah Rizki, paid tribute to her friend on Facebook the next day, writing “Heart broke into a thousand pieces.” The couple went to law school together at the Université de Sherbrooke and Brossard attended her wedding last month.


Rizki described him as an “extraordinary friend, a confidante, a source of inspiration and aspiration, a great brother”.

“What am I going to do without you?” Rizki wrote.

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“Before you left, you came to my place. You told me about your future projects and we will celebrate your birthday when you come back. You would have turned 36 this Friday. Too short, too early, so unfair.”

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Italian officials are investigating what caused the plane to hit a building shortly after takeoff. At the time, firefighters tweeted that no one but the occupants were hurt near a metro station in San Donato Milan early in the afternoon.

In Milan, prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano told reporters at the scene that everyone on board was foreigners and the plane was registered in Romania. Italian media has reported the death of Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu.

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Brossard’s death has also come as a shock to those who worked with him. The lawyer was working in the insurance company Liberty Mutual.

“We are devastated to learn of the tragedy involving our dear colleague, Julian. He was a cherished friend and leader within our Liberty family,” said Liberty Mutual Canada President Rob Marsh in a statement. greatly influenced life.”

“We extend our deepest condolences to Julian’s family and friends and all those who knew him, during this incredibly difficult time. We are saddened by this shocking loss.”

The law faculty of the Université de Sherbrooke also issued a statement on social media on Tuesday, saying it was with sadness that they learned of the death of their graduate.

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“The entire faculty community extends its condolences to Julian’s family and loved ones,” it wrote.

—With files from The Canadian Press and The Associated Press

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