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'He was our only child': Parents of Maple Ridge man killed in Las Vegas make heartbreaking statement

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'He was our only child': Parents of Maple Ridge man killed in Las Vegas make heartbreaking statement

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Jenni Sheppard Oct 03, 2017 12:09 pm 13,724

The parents of the Maple Ridge man killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night have issued a heartbreaking statement about their only child.

Jordan McIldoon, 23, died after a gunman apparently opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concert goers outside the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

At least 59 people are believed killed and more than 500 injured by Stephen Paddock, 64, who allegedly fired from his hotel room on the 32nd floor.

Authorities say Paddock then shot himself.

‘No words can describe our pain’

On Tuesday, McIldoon’s parents Alan and Angela McIldoon released a statement, describing their son as a compassionate young man.

“We choose to focus on love over hatred and are moving forward knowing that Jordan was so incredibly loved by many,” reads the joint statement.

“His was a life well lived. He was our only child and no words can describe our pain in losing him.”

According to his parents, McIldoon was a month shy of finishing his heavy duty mechanic apprenticeship and enjoyed the great outdoors.

“He loved playing hockey and snowboarding. He was an avid BMX rider and a talented downhill mountain biker, spending many summers in Whistler,” said his parents.

‘Incredible love and support’

McIldoon was “a family man”, his parents say, and at the time of his death, he was living on his parents’ property with his girlfriend Amber and his grandmother.

Amber was with McIldoon in Las Vegas, say his parents.

“Jordan did his best to make sure Amber was safe and we know he would have helped others had he not been injured himself,” they said.

McIldoon’s parents also pay tribute to the compassion, love and support they have experienced over the last two days.

“From the people who stayed with Jordan that night and held his hand, to the first responders who had to rush in to an unimaginable scene, we would like to thank everyone for their incredible love and support,” they said.

Here is their full statement:

Our son, Jordan, was a compassionate young man who lived a life full of adventures. From a young age, he was fearless. From finding him perched on the roof of the barn at age two or having him leap into the deep end of the lake before he could swim, he was always on the go. He grew up on our acreage in Maple Ridge and so a love of the outdoors was born within him.

He loved playing hockey and snowboarding. He was an avid BMX rider and a talented downhill mountain biker, spending many summers in Whistler. When on his bike, Jordan could often be seen upside down doing a flip or roaring down a bike park with a cheeky tail whip – he was in his glory. He loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and driving his big redneck diesel truck. He loved NASCAR and country music and was rarely seen out of his cowboy boots.

Jordan was at his happiest while at our beloved cabin at Missezula Lake. There he spent countless hours riding dirt bikes, wakeboarding, snowmobiling and hanging with his friends from the community who were like his family.

Jordan was a month shy of finishing his heavy duty mechanic apprenticeship. He was so proud that he was almost done and he loved his company, Jacob Bros Construction, especially his boss, Rick.

Jordan was a family man and was living on our property with his adored girlfriend Amber and, of course, his beloved Nana who he loved deeply and always wanted to protect.

We have to share some of the incredible stories of compassion, love and support, many of it from complete strangers, which we have experienced over the last two days. Air Canada flight attendants and crew were incredibly supportive, moving us into First Class and escorting us first off the plane, to the Air Canada manager who met us and took us directly to a limo they had arranged to take us to the police station. At the family meeting place, we were supported by counsellors, volunteers, assistance dogs, the coroner, police, chaplains, Red Cross, and more. The Canadian Consular staff have been a huge help to us. The MGM Signature Hotel has provided us with a complimentary suite. We have had hugs from random strangers. I am a 30 year employee of ICBC and my colleagues and friends at work have been unwavering in their love and support. Sgt Mitch Fox from the Ridge Meadows RCMP has been a huge help to our family in making sure our property and Nana are secure and safe while we are away dealing with this.

From the people who stayed with Jordan that night and held his hand, to the first responders who had to rush in to an unimaginable scene, we would like to thank everyone for their incredible love and support. Jordan did his best to make sure Amber was safe and we know he would have helped others had he not been injured himself.

We choose to focus on love over hatred and are moving forward knowing that Jordan was so incredibly loved by many. His was a life well lived. He was our only child and no words can describe our pain in losing him.

The family is asking the media to please respect their privacy in this difficult time.

Friends and relatives of Canadian citizens known to be in the area can contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 613-996-8885 or 1-800-387-3124, or by sending an email to [email protected].

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Jenni Sheppard
Senior Staff Writer at Daily Hive. Happy Vancouverite. Traveller, snowboarder, foodie, film fan, feminist, geek, cheesemaker, curler. Have a story to tell? Email [email protected]

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