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Four Canadians confirmed dead after Las Vegas shooting

Last Updated Oct 3, 2017 at 11:22 am PDT

(Left to Right) Tara Roe of Okotoks, Alberta. Jordan McIldoon of Maple Ridge B.C., Calla Medig of Jasper, Alberta, & Jessica Klymchuk of Valleyview, Alberta. All four were killed in the Las Vegas shooting. (Facebook)
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Three women from Alberta, one man from Maple Ridge confirmed dead after mass shooting in Vegas

A fourth Canadian has been confirmed dead after the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night. Tara Roe of Okotoks, Alberta was killed.

The 34-year-old was a mother of two. A GoFundMe page has been set up by the family.

Tara Roe of Okotoks, pictured with her family, was killed in a mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 1, 2017 (Source: gofundme.com/expenses-for-zach-and-the-kids)

“In a time of overwhelming emotions, sadness, and pain, the last thing the Roe/Smith families need to be worrying about are the financial obligations associated with this tragic loss. He’s not the kind to ask for help, but Zach would give you the shirt off his back, even if you weren’t the kind to ask for help either,” reads a post on the page.

Roe worked as an educational assistant at the Foothills School Division. Superintendent John Bailey has issued the following statement:

It is with sadness, shock, and grief that we confirm the loss of a Foothills School Division staff member.

Tara Roe, an Educational Assistant who was working within Foothills School Division, has been identified as one of the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday evening.

It has been a challenging time for our Division yet we continue to stand together and support one another. We have put our crisis response team in place and they will remain as long as is needed to assist students and staff.

Bailey adds their thoughts are with Roe’s family and friends


A woman from Jasper, Alberta was also killed when a gunman opened fire on thousands of concert-goers from his nearby hotel window. She has been identified as Calla Medig.

Calla Medig was killed in the mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017 (Source: facebook.com/calla.medig)


Jessica Klymchuk, also from Alberta, and Jordan McIldoon, 23, from Maple Ridge were also killed during the attack.

“It’s a terrible thing, terrible for everyone,” McIldoon grandfather said during a phone interview with CityNews Vancouver.

Klymchuk was a single mother of four from the Grande Prairie area who was visiting Vegas with her fiancé.

Jordan McIldoon and Jessica Klymchuk were killed in Las Vegas, Oct. 1, 2017. Photos credit: FACEBOOK

The death toll in the Las Vegas massacre now stands at 59 people, with over 500 others injured, making it the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Former Victoria TV anchor Hudson Mack’s son was among the hundreds who were hurt.

The gunman was identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev. He had checked into the hotel room on Thursday, authorities said. Police said he was a retiree with no criminal record in the Nevada county where he lived.

SWAT teams using explosives stormed the gunman’s hotel room in the sleek, gold-colored glass skyscraper and found he had killed himself, authorities said.

Assistant Clark County Sheriff Todd Fasulo says officers found 23 firearms in the Mandalay Bay hotel room of the shooter and 19 firearms at his home.

Tens of thousands of concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives as shots rang out on the outdoor festival.

Other Canadians recalled the terrifying scene.

Jesse Harrison, of Toronto, and his wife were standing near the stage when the barrage of shots rang out.

“It sounded like fireworks, just lots of popping… and then the music stopped and then more popping and then everybody hit the ground,” he explained during a Skype interview with CityNews.

“We didn’t know where it was coming from so we jumped under our seats. It felt like it was right on top of us.”

Harrison said they eventually decided to make a run for it.

“It would stop for a few seconds and then people would start running and stampeding and started up again and everyone hit the ground again. It felt like it kept going for minutes.”

He said in all the confusion they lost each other in the crowd but met up at a hotel where they were put in lockdown.

With files from The Associated Press

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