3 Canadians among Las Vegas shooting fatalities, 4th woman still missing
A fourth Canadian has died in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, CBC has confirmed.
Sources close to the family of Calgary-area resident Tara Roe Smith, 34, confirmed to CBC News she was among the spectators at an outdoor music festival that was the scene of Sunday night’s shooting that left dozens of people dead.
The mother of two young children, who was originally from Brandon, Man., became separated from her husband and friends when a gunman opened fire from 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel across the street from the country music show.
Friends had taken to social media in the hours after the shooting in the hope she was not among the dead.
At least 59 people were killed and more than 500 people wounded by the gunman, who later took his own life. He was identified as Stephen Paddock, 64.
The other Canadians killed in the deadliest attack in modern U.S. history were:
- Jordan McIldoon, 23, of Maple Ridge, B.C.
- Jessica Klymchuk, 34, of Valleyview, Alta.
- Calla Medig, 28, of Jasper, Alta.
Klymchuk was a mother of four and worked at a Catholic school in Valleyview, east of Grande Prairie.
A vigil for Klymchuk is planned for Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. MT at St. Stephen’s School in Valleyview.
McIldoon was a heavy-duty mechanic apprentice who was about to start trade school in the Okanagan.
At least six other Canadians were injured in the attack.
Speaking ahead of the first ministers meeting in Ottawa Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump the day before to express condolences after the attack, “as well as expressing our direct condolences to the families of the Canadians lost in that attack, and the many people injured while they were on vacation.”
Global Affairs has deployed a team of consular officials to Las Vegas to assist Canadians.
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