Whitehorse Daily Star

Shooting victim once lived in territory

A former Yukoner is a victim of last weekend’s mass shootings in Nova Scotia.

By Whitehorse Star on April 21, 2020

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.”

Comments (7)

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Expat on Apr 23, 2020 at 3:20 pm

@DA. “Active Shooter In The Area, Stay Inside And Shelter In Place Until Further Notice, Do Not Answer Your Door. This Is Not A Drill”
15 seconds and I typed everything that needed to be said. But because it was bureaucrats handling it everything had to be bounced back and forth and head scratched over with a lot of humming and hawing Involved. As usual, different dysfunctional levels of our Canadian governments waited for other levels of governments to act, and an additional 2 hours passed at the very end while the RCMP was figuring out what to say in warning.
No worries however as there are going to end up being multiple lawsuits filed against the RCMP for their actions concerning this and more than likely a national inquiry into their failure as well, so we the Canadian people WILL get to the bottom of this. The RCMP dropped the ball spectacularly and it cost many Canadians their lives.

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DA on Apr 23, 2020 at 9:44 am

Spoken like someone that doesn't know the complications that go into setting up and sending out mass warnings. Perhaps you should research this after slapping yourself in the face...

Things aren't always as black and white and you'd like to think. We need to be careful not to point fingers or hastily jump to conclusions without thinking all the factors through.

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AA on Apr 23, 2020 at 9:37 am

Mandeep offers condolences, and eight people dislike his comment...
What exactly is being disliked about a guy offering condolences? What should he say? "Suck it up"?

Anyways, I agree with Mandeep. I'm sorry about the whole situation and for those involved.

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Expat on Apr 22, 2020 at 3:35 pm

To anyone who downvoted my comment, reach up and give yourself a good hard slap across the face and hopefully you’ll come to your senses. The husband of the ex-Yukoner killed in this shooting stated that if they’d been given some warning she would never have gone for a walk that morning and would still be alive today. Another couple watched about it on the news Saturday night and woke up Sunday morning thinking it was all over, after calling their son they were shot and killed in their home shortly later. Their son said they had no warning the shooter was still killing people. That is pretty black and white so what don’t you agree with down voters?

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Miles Epanhauser on Apr 22, 2020 at 11:32 am

This is very sad for her family, her neighbours and all the victims in this horrible crime.

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Expat on Apr 21, 2020 at 6:28 pm

Nova Scotians are demanding to know why the RCMP and officials did not activate the cell phone emergency alert system to warn people for the 12 hours this mad man was driving around shooting people in their homes and pulling them over with his fake police car and then shooting them. If people had been warned to take shelter and not go outside and not to open their front door trustingly to a fake cop lives would have been saved. On Easter Weekend the cell emergency alert was used for a public service message to tell everyone in N.S. to not go outdoors to stop the spread of Coronavirus, but a murderer can drive around for hours killing people and no one thought to activate the warning system?

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Mandeep Sidhu on Apr 21, 2020 at 3:40 pm

My condolences to the family and everyone involved.

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