Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The attack on the Malaysian Airlines plane is especially devastating for one global community.
Some of the world's leading HIV/Aids researchers, activists and health workers were on Flight 17. They were headed to the 20th International Aids Conference due to begin Sunday in Melbourne, Australia.
Aid for Aids of Nevada Executive Director Antioco Carfillo said the loss is enormous, "The issue for us is that these conferences and this group of people really are able to bring human rights and adequate health care for all across the world."
Carrillo said in recent years the fight against HIV and Aids has focused on providing care and finding a cure.
He said rates of infection are rising in younger and young people, so the loss of so many of the best and brightest in the fight against HIV and AIDS can only be considered a setback.
He said the mission will not stop.