Sons of parents lost in MH17 flight 'devastated' by loss
UPDATE: The sons of Howard and Susan Horder have thanked family and friends for their overwhelming support after the tragic loss of their parents on flight MH17.
The passenger plane was shot down over Ukraine yesterday morning en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
Plumes of black smoke could be seen near the rebel-held village of Grabovo in eastern Ukraine, at the crash site 40 kilometres from the Russian border.
It is understood Susan and Howard Horder were returning to Queensland after a holiday in Europe.
Their son Matthew Horder is the former chairman of the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation.
On Saturday, Matthew, David and Adam Horder released a brief statement thanking family and friends for their outpouring of support at such a difficult time.
"The family of Howard and Susan Horder would like to thank our family members, friends and the public for their overwhelming support during this time,'' the family statement said.
"Howard and Susan touched the hearts of many and will be missed.
"They lived a happy life and provided much love and care for all those around them.''
"Understandably we are devastated and ask you to respect our privacy at this time.''
Last night Premier Campbell Newman confirmed that of the 28 Australians among the 298 passengers and crew on board, nine were Queenslanders.
Regional parts of the state are grappling with the ramifications of the horror incident.
Toowoomba is reeling from the loss of pathologist Roger Guard and his wife Jill.
Gympie real estate identity Mel Adams is devastated by the loss of her best friend Helena Sidelik.
The Burleigh resident was set to be a bridesmaid at Ms Adams' wedding later this year.
Another four victims were reported to be from Indooroopilly in Brisbane.
Member for Fairfax Mal Brough said special thoughts and prayers were with those on the Coast who had lost loved ones.
"Like all of Australia we come together to show our support to the families, friends and the communities touched by this horrible tragedy," he said.
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said he condemned what appeared to be an act of terrorism.
"I am shocked and saddened to learn two of our residents had their lives taken as a consequence," he said.
Buderim MP Steve Dickson said he was absolutely devastated by the tragedy.
"I extend my condolences to all the families who have lost loved ones in this terrible, terrible event," he said.
"I offer my deepest sympathies to the couple's families."