A young woman from Jasper, Alta. was killed when a gunman opened fire on a crowd at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday, CBC News has learned.
Calla Medig is among at least 59 people killed when a gunman unleashed a hail of bullets from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel and casino on the outdoor festival below. Over 500 people were injured in the attack.
News of Medig’s death prompted an emotional outpouring of condolences among her friends and family on social media.
She was described as a kind-hearted young woman with a beaming smile.
“Calla was among the kindest and warm-hearted beautiful souls I have ever had the pleasure to know,” Bailey Huebner, Medig’s former co-worker wrote on Facebook.
“Her smile made such a positive impact on my life.”
Medig, who was in her her 20s, is the third Canadian confirmed dead in the attack.
“A super bright and amazing person was taken from the world to soon,” Kennedy Brideau wrote on Facebook.
Jessica Klymchuk of Valleyview, Alta. and Jordan McIldoon of Maple Ridge, B.C. also died in the shooting.
A relative said McIldoon would have turned 24 on Friday and was a month shy of completing a course to qualify as a heavy-duty mechanic.
The incident in Las Vegas is being called the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Country music star Jason Aldean was performing at the Route 91 Harvest festival in front of a crowd of more than 22,000 when the shooting began Sunday night.
The gunman, located partway up the 44-floor Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, apparently smashed out his hotel room windows and opened fire, authorities said.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has extended her condolences to Medig’s friends and family during a scrum with reporters.
Notley also extended her condolences to the…