Local communities in Chicago were impacted and feeling the loss Thursday after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was tragically shot down over the Ukraine.
“It's horrible. We're crying with all of them and hope that people are going to be strong and figure out all this,” said Ukrainian American Marta Mazurak in an interview with FOX 32’s Tisha Lewis.
Mazurak could only shake her head in frustration.
“Everybody is stressed out and worried, people are watching news 24-7. My mom, she sits at home and she watches the news over every single channel that there is, worried and crying and praying and hoping that it's going to end,” said Mazurak.
Inside a hair salon in Ukrainian Village, the downed Malaysian flight is all clients and stylists were talking about.
Mazurak like many Ukrainian-Americans in Chicago are in constant contact with family and friends in the region.
“It's already a terrible situation and it's getting worse,” said Roksolana Nayda, a Ukrainian-American living in Chicago.
“Very, very worse,” said Vera Klym, a Ukrainian-American living in Chicago.
A 'We’re Closed' sign greeted visitors Thursday afternoon at Chicago’s Consulate General of Ukraine office. Normally, it would be open but on Thursday all eyes were on Ukraine.
Many questions remain unanswered and Dr. Kim Tee is fielding many of those questions from members of The Malaysian Club of Chicago.
The concern is the second Malaysian Airlines flight tragedy in less than six months.
“Talking about who might have been on the airplane and this is a season that many Malaysian Americans or Malaysian students would fly back from Chicago to K for the Eid holiday. The Eid happens to be July 29th, 12 days from today,” said Tee in an interview with FOX 32’s Tisha Lewis.
There are about 500 Malaysian families in the Chicago area, and the city’s Ukrainian Village is reportedly home to more than 15,000 Ukrainians.
Most of the people interviewed by FOX 32 News described the downed Malaysian flight as yet another indication the United States should intervene.