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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Tributes paid to man shot dead outside Canada nightclub a day before he was due to return to Ireland: 'He was so kind and caring'

Tyler McLean and his friend were killed outside Rebel nightclub in Toronto, Canada Photo: Toronto Police
Tyler McLean and his friend were killed outside Rebel nightclub in Toronto, Canada Photo: Toronto Police Newsdesk Newsdesk

A young man who was shot dead outside a nightclub in Canada has been described as a "great son and brother" by his heartbroken family.

Tyler McLean (25) was killed in the car park of Rebel nightclub in Toronto on October 1.

According to reports by local media, two men walked to a nearby vehicle and returned with handguns before shooting Mr McLean and his friend.

He had been working as a nightclub promoter and was due to return home to Ireland to start work at his father's new technology company in Newry, Co Down.

Speaking to the Irish News, Hugh McLean said the family had been left "distraught" by their son's murder.

"He was a wonderful fella. So kind and caring," he said.

The family held a memorial service on Saturday and over 400 friends and relatives came to pay their respects.

"He was a great son and a great brother. We are shocked and just distraught. We thought Toronto was a safe city," Hugh McLean said.

CBC News Toronto reports that investigators believe an altercation took place sometime before the shooting.

Two men were arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Friends described Mr McLean as a "happy charismatic person" and said they were shocked by the shooting.

"He wasn't supposed to be at Rebel that night. I think he just wanted to come see everyone," Alexandra Mussakostold CBC.

Ink Entertainment, the owner of the nightclub, has confirmed in a statement that one of the victims was an employee of the club.

"We are all deeply saddened by the tragic events of his death and would like to express our sincerest condolences to his family and friends for their loss," the statement said.

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