Identity of Canadian killed in Barcelona revealed
A Canadian killed in a terrorist attack in Barcelona Thursday has been identified as the father of a Vancouver police officer.
Ian Moore Wilson was killed when a van plowed into crowds of tourists, also injuring four other Canadians.
A statement from the family describes Wilson as a loving father, brother and grandfather who was adventurous and loved exploring new places.
The family says his wife of 53 years, Valerie Wilson, received urgent medical attention following the attack.
The family is thanking everyone from the emergency responders in Spain to RCMP for their support, and they say they are focusing on the extraordinary kindness they've experienced as they come to terms with the senseless violence.
Below is his daughter Fiona's full statement:
"My dad, Ian Moore Wilson, was a much-loved husband, father, brother, and grandfather, who lived a healthy, active life alongside his partner of 53 years, my mum, Valerie. He was compassionate, generous, adventurous, and always game for a lively debate, a good book, exploring new places, and a proper-sized pint.
In the midst of this tragedy, my dad would want those around him to focus on the extraordinary acts of human kindness that our family has experienced over the past several days, and that is exactly what we intend to do.
From our policing colleagues and friends at the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP, who have been unwavering in their love and support; to Albert, who threw a family member on the back of his scooter to rush him to the hospital after tragedy struck; to the Air Canada employee who offered up a personal discount pass to make emergency flights more affordable; to the people who assisted my dad in his final moments, and those who focused on my mum’s urgent medical attention and aftercare; and to the Catalonian first responders who put their lives at risk for the safety of others.
These are the things we will choose to focus on when we endeavour to come to terms with the senseless violence and acts of hatred that have taken loved ones before their time. My dad’s passing leaves an immense void in our tight-knit family. He was desperately loved by us all and will be dearly missed.
The family is asking the media to please respect their privacy in this difficult time.
There is nothing further for release."