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The father of Vancouver police officer Fiona Wilson was described by his daughter as “compassionate, generous, adventurous, and always game for a lively debate, a good book, exploring new places, and a proper-sized pint.”
In a statement posted to the Vancovuer Police Department website the officer said her family had experienced “extraordinary acts of human kindness” over the last few days and wanted to focus on the generosity because that is what her father would have wanted.
She also thanked “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,” the statement said.
“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,” she added.
“It was with great sadness that I learned today that one Canadian was killed and four others injured during yesterday’s cowardly terrorist attack in Barcelona,” Trudeau said in a statement. “Sophie and I offer our condolences to the families and friends in mourning, and hope for a speedy recovery for the injured Canadians.”
Spanish authorities said the back-to-back vehicle attacks — as well as an explosion earlier this week in a house elsewhere in Catalonia — were related and the work of a large terrorist group. Four people were arrested in connection with the attacks.
Amid heavy security, Barcelona tried to move forward Friday, with its Las Ramblas promenade quietly reopening to the public and King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy joining thousands of residents and visitors in observing a minute of silence in the city’s main square.
“I am not afraid! I am not afraid!” the crowd chanted in Catalan amid applause.