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Vancouver police officer's dad among Barcelona terror victims

Canadian senior killed in Spain car attack remembered by VPD daughter as 'compassionate, generous.'

Ian and Valerie Wilson are seen in this undated handout photo. A Canadian killed in a car attack on a popular street in Barcelona, Ian Moore Wilson was the father of Vancouver police Staff Sgt. Fiona Wilson.

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Ian and Valerie Wilson are seen in this undated handout photo. A Canadian killed in a car attack on a popular street in Barcelona, Ian Moore Wilson was the father of Vancouver police Staff Sgt. Fiona Wilson.

A Vancouver police officer has thanked Barcelona first responders who tried to save her father “in his final moments” after he was fatally struck by a car in last week’s terror attack.

Staff Sgt. Fiona Wilson, with the Vancouver Police Department, released a statement about her father Ian Moore Wilson’s “senseless” death in an attack that killed 13 and left at least 120 wounded — including her mother who was rushed to hospital with “urgent” injuries, she revealed.

“In the midst of this tragedy,” Wilson said in a statement Friday, “my dad would want those around him to focus on the extraordinary acts of human kindness that our family has experienced over the past several days.”

She said the family’s friends in the VPD and RCMP forces “have been unwavering in their love and support.”

Wilson added that the attack has left an “immense void” in her “tight-knit” family, and described her father — who had been married to her mother for 53 years — as “compassionate, generous” and active. He loved exploring “new places,” she said, “and a proper-sized pint.”

"My dad's passing leaves an immense void in our tight-knit family."

And she added her family’s gratitude “to the Catolonian first responders who put their lives at risk for the safety of others … these are the things we will choose to focus on when we endeavour to come to terms with the senseless violence and acts of hatred.”

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