Devastated family hold Northern Ireland memorial for man shot dead outside Toronto club
A memorial event will be held today to remember a young man from Northern Ireland who was gunned down outside a Canadian nightclub.
Tyler McLean (25) and his friend Amir Jamal (26) were shot dead at around 3am on October 1 in the car park of the venue in Toronto.
Mr McLean was a promoter for Rebel nightclub and was working there on the night he was killed.
It is understood the friends were approached by the two assailants and an altercation took place. The attackers left and returned to the scene with handguns before opening fire.
The Toronto Sun reported that two men appeared before a court in Canada on Tuesday charged with second degree murder.
A celebration of Mr McLean's life was held on Saturday at Newediuk Funeral Home, Toronto, and today friends and family will gather at the family home outside Loughbrickland, Co Down, for a memorial event.
Mr McLean's father Hugh, a former lawyer, is owner and director of the Newry-based firm Eversafe Technologies.
He told the Irish News that his son was due to leave Toronto the day after he was killed to take up a role as vice-president of the company.
"We are devastated," he said. "We went to Toronto and we had a memorial service for Tyler on Saturday and over 400 of his friends and relatives came and it was a great service.
"He was going to be vice-president of sales in the US and Canada. He and I were going off to a massive trade show in England. He was jumping right in with both feet.
"He was a great son and a great brother. We are shocked and distraught. We thought Toronto was a great city."
A death notice for Mr McLean said: "Tyler was a wonderful young man with a bright future ahead of him who was just at the beginning of his journey into adulthood when his life was tragically taken from him."
Friends and relatives have paid tribute to Mr McLean online since news of the tragedy emerged. His stepmother Mairead McGeown wrote on Facebook: "You will be in our hearts forever. This picture of you on top of Cloughmore has your arms reaching up to heaven. I know that you are there watching over us."
Friend Adam Mahgoub told the Toronto Star: "Tyler was such a friendly guy. Nobody could ever be mad at him and he had a lot of friends in this city who are shocked at this. He was very respected, very well liked. Tyler had a huge future."
Mr McLean was born in Florida and lived in the Turks and Caicos Islands for a number of years before moving with his family to Northern Ireland, where he attended St Therese of Lisieux Primary School in Belfast, then to Toronto. He had just returned from travelling to Peru the day before he was killed. Mr McLean is survived by his twin brothers Ory and Aidan and sister Falon.