Former Standard Media Group editor, Tony Ngare, was one of the  149 passengers and eight crew on board the ill fated Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed on Sunday morning.

The jet, which was Nairobi-bound, crashed six minutes after take off.

The airline, in a statement, said the plane left Addis Ababa before the accident at Bishoftu.

“The aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET-AVJ, took off at 8.38am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport, and lost contact at 8.44am,” the airline said in a statement.

“At this time, search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties.”

Tony’s sister, Nyambura Ngare‎ posted a tear-jerking message to him.

She wrote:

“I don’t know life without you. I was born to be your little sister. You have protected and loved me all these years. What does tomorrow look like without you?.”

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She shared a photo of them back when they were kids.

Tony Ngare with the sister Nyambura
Tony Ngare with the sister Nyambura

Friends of Tony reacted to the message by posting the comments below. Here are some of them.

Barbara Gagnon: I want to wake up from a bad dream… 😥

Kenny Kaburu: Pole guys

Betty Kyallo confesses, ‘This has been a tough week!’

Rufus Wamahiu: Those we held in our arms for a short while we hold in our hearts forever, rest in peace.

John Waigwa: Accept our sincere Condolences. It’s well with the Lord.

Rosemary Wahinya: It is well Agnes…may the almighty be your comforter.. Condolences to the entire family.

Wangari Jenny: Pole Sana Agnes. May the Lord comfort you in His way and wisdom.

From we send our sincere condolences to Tony Ngare’s family. May they find comfort during these dark times. Pole sana.

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