Las Vegas shooting: 3rd Canadian confirmed among dead in mass attack
A second Alberta woman has been identified as the third Canadian killed in the deadly Las Vegas shooting.
On Monday night, the Royal Canadian Legion in Jasper posted a Facebook message that said Calla Medig was one of the victims in the mass shooting.
The branch called Medig “a young, beautiful lady.”
Dozens of people posted comments, expressing their sorrow and sending their thoughts and prayers to Medig’s loved ones.
Medig’s mother, Louise Hayes, told Global News her daughter was raised in Jasper, Alta. but had spent the past few years working in Edmonton.
Flags at the Legion in Jasper were lowered to half-mast, as were the flags at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton and McDougall Centre in Calgary.
Hayes said the family was notified of Medig’s death by her roommate who was in Las Vegas with her.
Hayes said her husband left for Las Vegas on Monday night to identify Medig’s body.
Medig had attended the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas the past three years, her mother said.
The 28-year-old loved country music, according to her friend Lyndsay Perham. Perham grew up in Jasper with Medig and has known her for 25 years.
“She was just an all-around good person. She was a loyal friend. She’s been through a lot in her life. She was in a very happy place,” Perham said. “She was just a very fun person.”
“I’m in a lot of shock,” Perham said. “I’m angry that this kind of stuff has to happen, angry that she was doing what she loved the most — which was going to country music concerts and festivals with her best friend — and that’s what happened. It’s just not fair.”
Perham has known Medig for about 25 years. She said Medig remained close friends with many people she grew up with even though she moved to Edmonton two years ago.
“We’re just trying to surround ourselves with each other and talk about good stuff and get through it together.”
Jasper Junior Senior High School teachers said Medig graduated from the school in 2007. In a statement, the teachers remembered her as a “bright, fun-loving spirit, who had a huge heart, with immense love for friends and family.”
“The Jasper community feels this tragic loss deeply,” the statement said.
Medig worked at Moxie’s Grill & Bar at the West Edmonton Mall location for the past two years, where she was recently promoted to manager.
Acting general manager Scott Collingwood called Medig a great leader and said most of the staff are still in shock after finding out on Monday about their co-worker’s passing.
“We still don’t believe it to be real, to a certain degree. Just like everyone else, it’s just a huge tragedy. I think a lot of other families who had people that were at the festival as well probably feel the exact same way,” Collingwood said.
“For us, it’s just shock. We’re shocked.”
On Monday, Alberta’s Jessica Klymchuk was also confirmed to be one of the victims in the Las Vegas mass shooting.
Klymchuk was an educational assistant, librarian and bus driver for St. Stephen’s School in Valleyview, Alta., according to Holy Family Catholic Regional Division.
A gofundme page says Klymchuk passed away with her fiancé Brent by her side.
On Tuesday morning, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley sent her condolences to the families of the two Alberta women.
“To the families of Calla and Jessica, on behalf of all Albertans, we are so deeply deeply sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and in our prayers and in our hearts. All Albertans stand with you,” Notley said.
Jordan Mclldoon, 23, of Maple Ridge, B.C. was the first Canadian Global News confirmed killed in the Las Vegas music festival shooting.
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