Family, friends add to memorial outside B.C. sawmill after shooting

The Western Forest Sawmill is pictured after a shooting in Nanaimo, British Columbia April 30,...

The Western Forest Sawmill is pictured after a shooting in Nanaimo, British Columbia April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Ben Nelms

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A memorial of red shirts and flowers continues to grow outside a B.C. sawmill where two men were killed and two others injured in a shooting Wednesday morning.

Michael Lunn, 61, and Fred McEachern, 53, died after a gunman opened fire at Western Forest Products in Nanaimo, B.C.

Earl Kelly and the mill's vice-president of manufacturing, Tony Sudar, were injured. Kelly is still recovering in hospital while Sudar was released.

Lunn's family gathered outside the mill Thursday wearing red T-shirts, a staple of the forklift operator's wardrobe.

"He lived his life with so much dignity and respect. He was his family's hero," Lunn's son-in-law Jason Gott told CHEK News. "There's no words to describe how hard this is for his grandkids and his wife. He was the best man I ever knew."

Lunn's sister, Linda Bledsoe, confirmed her brother was shot as he was getting out of his truck and may not have even seen the attack coming.

"He was a good guy. He was always there to help people," she said.

Mill worker Dave Halaliku told the news station McEachern hired him and he called him an "awesome guy."

McEachern's friend, Trevor Flatman, told the Nanaimo Daily News they were planning a trip to Vegas with their wives. Part of that plan was for McEachern to watch the sun rise over the Grand Canyon with his wife. The trip was finalized just hours before the shooting.

"He was my best friend," Flatman said. "I was with him when Elvis died."

Kevin Douglas Addison, a former employee of the mill, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. He returns to court May 13.


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