A former Yukoner is a victim of last weekend’s mass shootings in Nova Scotia.
Lillian Hyslop once worked in the insured health services offices for the Yukon government in Whitehorse.
She and her husband, Mike, retired to Nova Scotia several years ago after having lived for decades in the Yukon.
Back in the 1980s and ’90s, the couple kept a dog team at their rural Whitehorse property, and Mike worked for a local art store and the territorial government.
Lillian was shot dead while she was out for a walk early last Sunday near Wentworth Provincial Park, regional and national media organizations have reported.
“A telephone tree of locals had already started calling regular walkers in the area to warn them to stay off the roads,” the Halifax Chronicle-Herald has reported.
“But that warning came too late for Hyslop, whose husband, Mike, picked up the phone to say his wife had already left for her walk,” the paper reported.
“So he went to go find her but got stopped by the police and asked what she was wearing and then they told him (of his wife’s death),” resident Debi Atkinson, who knew Lillian, told the newspaper.
A fire official confirmed that Lillian had died at the scene.
Hyslop was a “down-to-Earth” fit woman who attended some social events and was friendly with everyone, Atkinson told the Chronicle-Herald.
“To me, it was just 100-per-cent random that she was walking on the road and she had a safety vest on.”
David Matthews told the Halifax newspaper he and his wife, Heather, ran into Hyslop last Saturday during their regular walk.
“We always talked to Lillian,” he told the Chronicle-Herald.
“She was an awful nice lady. We chatted about the weather or the COVID-19.
“She’d only been in the area for three or four years, so we didn’t really know her all that well, but we knew her enough to know she was a fine person. Always friendly, always nice, always sociable.”