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Jasper woman killed in Las Vegas shooting

Jasper residents are reeling after learning a local woman was among the victims of a shooting rampage in Las Vegas on Oct. 1.

The Fitzhugh has learned from a number of sources that Calla Medig was one of the 59 people killed when a lone gunman opened fire on an outdoor concert from a 32nd floor hotel room.

“She was a caring, beautiful young lady that would do anything for someone in need,” a personal friend who spoke on condition of anonymity said on Tuesday morning. “She was dedicated and committed to everything she did. Simply an amazing person.”

The Municipality of Jasper on Tuesday issued a brief statement.

“The community is standing ready to support the families, and each other, in the wake of the Las Vegas tragedy,” a spokesperson wrote. “Out of respect for the affected families and loved ones, the Municipality of Jasper will not be commenting any further.”

At an all-candidates’ forum Monday night, organizers asked the capacity crowd of about 200 people to take a moment of silence for a Jasper victim of the Las Vegas shooting, though Medig’s name was not mentioned.

The Jasper Royal Canadian Legion announced on its Facebook page that the flag at the branch would fly at half-staff since her father is a member.

The post prompted a heart-wrenching outpouring of grief and support for the family. “Calla was always so happy,” one woman posted. “Such a warm and genuine person.”

“I still see that little blonde haired girl running in the neighbourhood with all the kids.”


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