People in Saskatchewan who have been anxiously following the horrific shooting incident Sunday night in Las Vegas have also shown they have good hearts.
A GoFundMe page created to assist in covering medical and travel expenses for the family of a man who was seriously injured in that event has surpassed its goal in less than one day.
Ryan Sarrazin was seriously injured when a gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino fired shots at a crowd at a country music festival Sunday evening.
As of Tuesday afternoon, more than $52,000 of the $50,000 goal was raised in 22 hours through the online campaign. The family has said a new fundraising goal of $75,000 has since been set.
Sarrazin was born and raised in the Shellbrook and Spiritwood area of Saskatchewan, but is now living in Camrose, Alta.
Carrie-Lynn Denis from Leoville, Sask. was also injured in the shooting. There are reports Denis was shot in the foot, and has travelled home.
There were at least 59 people who died in the Las Vegas shooting.
Four Canadians are among the dead:
- 23-year old Jordan McIldoon of Maple Leaf, B.C., was the first Canadian identified;
- Jessica Klymchuk of Alberta was later identified as the second Canadian who died;
- Calla Medig, also of Alberta was confirmed as the third Canadian killed;
- And Tara Roe from Okotoks, Alberta was identified as the fourth victim.
Roe’s husband, Zach, was born in Regina. He played hockey for both the Regina Pats and the Melville Millionaires and tributes were made to him on social media. A GoFundMe page was started for the family as well:
In the meantime, hundreds of people across the United States and Canada are paying tribute to loved ones killed and wounded in the country concert massacre in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
Through vigils, interviews and social media posts, families and friends mourned and celebrated the lives of the 59 people who died — including four Canadians.
Recounting the horror, Los Angeles nurse Natalie Vanderstay says she stepped on people as she fled the carnage, bleeding from a pair of gunshot wounds to her stomach and leg.
Vanderstay says it is something that may haunt her forever.