Las Vegas shooting: Valleyview woman remembered as dedicated mother
It was an emotional night in a northwest Alberta town on Tuesday.
A vigil was held in Valleyview, Alta., on Tuesday night for Jessica Klymchuk, who was among dozens of people killed at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
“We just all want to come together to support each other and give the family and close friends strength at this time,” Christine Ikonikov, Klymchuk’s friend, said.
Klymchuk was a mother of four young children: three daughters and a son.
Her brother, Nate Klymchuk, told Global News “she was a loving, hard working and dedicated mother of four.”
He said his sister “was recently engaged to be married to her fiancé Brent, who was with her at the time of the shootings.”
Nate said Klymchuk always put her children first, “whether it was hockey, figure skating or baseball. She liked camping and spending time with her family.”
Her brother said Jessica leaves behind three daughters and a son. He said Jessica’s father passed away in 2007.
The Valleyview, Alta. woman was an educational assistant, librarian and bus driver for St. Stephen’s School.
“I’ll remember how she was always greeting us in the morning really nicely when we were on the bus, and we were down, she would cheer us up,” student Nahdia Balabuck said.
“The scope of this tragedy is worldwide and we are feeling its impact here at home,” Holy Family Catholic Regional Division Supt. Betty Turpin wrote.
A family friend has set up a gofundme page to help the family with expenses. The page says Klymchuk passed away with her fiancé Brent by her side.
“She leaves behind a large, devastated family and four beautiful children,” the message reads.
“Jessica resided in Valleyview, Alta. with her fiancé Brent and her kids. She was a devoted mother, sister, aunt and daughter. She was a respected member of the community and the Catholic school division. Jessica will be greatly missed by many friends and family. We hope that we can take away a small burden for all those involved by giving back to them this way.”
Calla Medig from Jasper and Tara Roe from Okotoks were also confirmed to have died in the Las Vegas attack.
Jordan Mclldoon, 25, of Maple Ridge, B.C. was also killed in the mass shooting.
On Monday, officials said at least 58 people were killed and more than 515 people were injured in the attack.
The carnage started at around 10 p.m. local time (11 p.m. MT) after the gunman smashed out the windows of his Mandalay Bay Hotel room and opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 people at the music festival, which was taking place across the road from the hotel on the famous Las Vegas strip.
Authorities said Stephen Craig Paddock was the lone gunman in the shooting.
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