OKANAGAN - The parents of a 23-year-old B.C. man, who was days away from his birthday and just a week away from starting his last year of school, say he loved his family, friends and sports.
Angela and Alan McIldoon released a statement earlier today, Oct. 3, just a day after their son Jordan died in the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night.
"Our son, Jordan, was a compassionate young man who lived a life full of adventures," the statement read. "From a young age, he was fearless."
McIldoon and his girlfriend Amber attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas last weekend, where a 64-year-old gunman opened fire on the crowd of more than 20,000 people, killing at least 59 and injuring more than 500 others.
"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," the McIldoons said in their statement. "Jordan did his best to make sure Amber was safe and we know he would have helped others had he not been injured himself."
McIldoon was set to start his final training for his heavy duty mechanic apprenticeship at Okanagan College in Kelowna in less than two weeks, his mother told iNFOnews.ca.
He grew up in Maple Ridge, B.C. and loved playing hockey and snowboarding, his parents said in their statement. He also rode BMX and mountain bikes, his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and loved NASCAR and country music.
McIldoon's parents said in the statement that he lived on their property with his girlfriend Amber. They also thanked the many strangers who stepped up to help support the family during this time.
"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," the statement said. "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 statement details the support the parents received from Air Canada, the Canadian Consulate, the MGM Signature Hotel, their local RCMP and many others.
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