Hundreds of victims of the war in Syria, including many critically injured youngsters, yesterday held a poignant two minutes silence, followed by a sombre candlelit vigil, to mark the passing of Star Trek movie actor, Anton Yelchin, who tragically ran himself over with his own car at the weekend.
One man, who lost his wife and three children and was himself badly hurt following a Russian airstrike, told us: “When I read about Mr. Yelchin running himself over it made me realise how very lucky I am. Losing my family is pretty distressing for sure, but it’s nothing compared to what this man must have endured when he ran himself over with his own car”
A 4-year-old girl in the next bed was unable to speak to us due to horrific facial injuries, but she held up a picture of Yelchin, dressed in a Star Trek outfit, sobbing bitterly as her badly burned mother in the next bed tried in vain to comfort her.
This tribute mirrors the 2 day mourning period that was observed by victims of Sadaam Hussein’s chemical weapon attack on the Kurds at Halabja in 1988 after they learned that the late Leonard Nimoy was suffering from athlete’s foot.