LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — A memorial was held Friday in Los Felize for AIDS advocates who were among the 298 people killed in the crash of a Malaysia Airlines jet in Ukraine.

KNX 1070’s Megan Goldsby reports about 40 people took candles, flowers and handwritten notes to the memorial organized by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to honor delegates killed while traveling to the 20th International AIDS conference in Australia.

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Those who attended linked arms and discussed the importance of every member of the community committed to fighting AIDS.

Among the crash victims was Dr. Yoop Lang, the former president of the International AIDS Society, which puts on the conference he was traveling to in Australia when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 was shot down.

AHF President Michael Weinstein said he had worked closely with Lang.

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“His greatest passion was to bring HIV treatment to people in the developing world,” Weinstein said.

Foundation spokeswoman Kyveli Diener told The Associated Press that the crash was a personal tragedy because the organization sends delegates to the conference every year.

The memorial space at AHF Department of Medicine, 1811 N. Western Ave., will remain open throughout the day for the public to leave flowers or other remembrances.

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