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Former Regina Pat, father of 2, widowed by Las Vegas mass shooting

Condolences are pouring in for a former Regina Pats player whose wife was one of four Canadians killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting Sunday evening.

Tara Roe, wife of Regina-born Zach Roe, 1 of 4 Canadians killed during country music festival

Tara Roe is the fourth Canadian confirmed dead following the Las Vegas shooting spree. Her husband, Zach Roe, was born in Regina and played for the Regina Pats. (Gofundme)

Condolences are pouring in for a former Regina Pats player whose wife was one of four Canadians killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting Sunday night.

Tara Roe has been identified as one of four Canadians fatally shot by a gunman while attending a country music concert just off the Las Vegas strip.

The shooting in Las Vegas, which occurred on Sunday just after 10 p.m. local time, has left 59 dead and more than 500 people wounded. 

Roe's husband, Zach, was born in Regina. He played for both the Regina Pats and the Melville Millionaires, according to friends, a former general manager and others on social media. 

"Heartbroken for one of my former players Zach Roe who lost his wife Tara in Las Vegas shooting. Deepest condolences go to friends & family," former Pats general manager Brent Parker wrote on Twitter.

Friend Levi Nye created an online fundraising campaign for Zach Roe and the couple's two sons which has attracted more than $52,000 in donations so far.

"In a time of overwhelming emotions, sadness, and pain, the last thing the families need to be worrying about are the financial obligations associated with this tragic loss," Nye wrote. 

"He's not the kind to ask for help, but Zach would give you the shirt off his back, even if you weren't the kind to ask for help either."

An online fundraising campaign has started for Saskatchewan-born man Ryan Sarrazin, who was wounded during the Las Vegas shooting Sunday. (Facebook)

Sarrazin fundraiser reaches $50K

Meanwhile, the family of another man with Saskatchewan connections is thanking supporters for their donations and prayers.

More than $50,000 has also been raised so far to help Ryan Sarrazin and his family. Sarrazin was shot while attending the concert and at last word remains in hospital in critical condition.

"The Sarrazin and Moore families would like to extend our sincere gratitude and deep appreciation for all the contributions to the Gofundme page as well as all the prayers and well wishes we have received. We would like to ask the media for privacy and discretion in regards to his condition and going forward as we support Ryan in his recovery."

Many of the 474 donors posted comments wishing Sarrazin well. They said they would pray for him, his family and his fiancée.

"May light shine in this darkness and bring healing," one woman posted Tuesday morning.

"Please tell Ryan that he has to get better soon. Snowmobile season is coming, coyotes to hunt and snow to clear. My complete heart goes out to the Sarrazin family," wrote another supporter.

A woman lights candles at a vigil on the Las Vegas strip following a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Sarrazin was born and raised near Spiritwood. No update on his condition was available Tuesday morning.

"To think that we have one of our own affected by it is really hard to wrap our heads around," Tamara Johnson, who created the online campaign told CBC News on Monday.

She said she started the campaign to show the family they are supported and shouldn't have to worry about expenses at a time like this.

4 Canadians killed

Another member of the Saskatchewan group attending the festival, a woman who has not been identified, was also wounded.

Four Canadians are confirmed among those killed.

Jordan McIldoon of Maple Ridge, B.C., Jessica Klymchuk of Valleyview, Alta., and Calla Medig of Jasper, Alta., are the others that have been confirmed dead.

Klymchuk was a mother of four and worked at a Catholic school in Valleyview, east of Grande Prairie. McIldoon was a heavy-duty mechanic apprentice who was about to start trade school in the Okanagan.

At least six Canadians were injured in the attack.

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