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Victim VPD member's dad

A Canadian killed in a terrorist attack on a popular street in Barcelona was described by his family as a man who enjoyed lively debate and travelling.

Ian Moore Wilson was the father of a Vancouver police officer.

Vancouver police issued a statement from the officer's family saying Wilson was killed when a van plowed into crowds of tourists on Thursday.

Wilson is described as a loving husband to his wife Valerie Wilson of 53 years, a father, brother and grandfather who was "always game for a lively debate, a good book exploring new places, and a proper-sized pint."

The family says they intend on focusing on "the extraordinary acts of human kindness" they've experienced despite the tragedy because that's what Wilson would have wanted.

They say they've received support from Vancouver police, the RCMP, airlines and emergency responders in Spain who helped Wilson in his final moments and provided urgent medical care to Valerie Wilson.

"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," the statement said.

The family has asked that their privacy be respected.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that in addition to the Canadian who was killed, four other Canadians were injured in the terrorist attack.

 



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