Fam­ily re­leases pow­er­ful state­ment on B.C. man slain at Ne­vada con­cert

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One day af­ter los­ing their only son to a deadly shoot­ing in Las Ve­gas, the par­ents of Jor­dan McIl­doon have re­leased a state­ment that de­scribes their son as a com­pas­sion­ate man who loved the out­doors and was ex­cited to be­gin his ca­reer as a me­chanic.

McIl­doon was one of 59 peo­ple, four of them Cana­dian, who died when a gun­man opened fire on a coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val in Las Ve­gas. It’s the dead­li­est shoot­ing to ever oc­cur in the United States.

McIl­doon was at the fes­ti­val with his girl­friend, Am­ber Bereza, when the shoot­ing started. The pair were sep­a­rated.

“Our son, Jor­dan, was a com­pas­sion­ate young man who lived a life full of ad­ven­tures,” Alan and An­gela McIl­doon wrote.

“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 loved play­ing hockey and snow­board­ing. He was an avid BMX bike 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.”

The McIl­doons are also grate­ful for the help they re­ceived from Air Canada, the MGM Sig­na­ture Ho­tel in Las Ve­gas, the Cana­dian con­sulate and the chap­lains, vol­un­teers, coun­sel­lors, coroner, po­lice and as­sis­tance dogs at the fam­ily meet­ing cen­tre that has been set up in Las Ve­gas.

In sev­eral me­dia in­ter­views on Mon­day, Heather Gooze, a bar­tender who helped carry McIl­doon to safety, de­scribed how she held the young man’s hand as he died, then stayed with him for hours field­ing calls from his girl­friend and mother.

“From the peo­ple who stayed with Jor­dan that night and held his hand, to the first re­spon­ders who had to rush 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 know he would have helped oth­ers had he not been in­jured him­self. alan and an­gela McIl­doon

Face­book/Re­MeM­beR­Ing JoR­dan Sey­MouR McIL­doon

Jor­dan McIl­doon, 23, from Maple Ridge has been con­firmed as one of the vic­tims of the shoot­ing in Las Ve­gas.

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