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Family, friends rally around orphaned children after mother killed in road-rage crash

Police vehicles at Calgary Police Service headquarters in Calgary on April 9, 2020. Family and friends are rallying around the children of a Calgary woman who died after a road-rage shooting led to a four-vehicle crash. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY — Family and friends are rallying around the children of a Calgary woman who died after a road-rage shooting led to a crash.

Angela MonicaMcKenzie, 40, was killed late Tuesday when a truck and a sedan that were pursuing each other collided with her van and another car at an intersection in the city's southeast. The occupantsofthe truck and the sedan continued to exchange gunfire as they fled the area on foot.

Police confirmed McKenzie's identity in a news release Thursday and said it does not appear that her van was hit by any bullets.

They said officers are working to determine exactly what led to the shooting and McKenzie's death.

"Our hearts go out to Angela's family and friends at this difficult time," Staff Sgt. Sean Gregson said in the release.

McKenzie's church pastor said she was a mother of five children between the ages of nine and 17.

"It's a huge tragedy," said Capt. Ian Scott of the Salvation Army Berkshire Citadel Community Church in northwest Calgary.

"That's the second loss for them in just a matter of months."

Scott said the children lost their father to an illness in February, so it's not yet clear who will care for them.

A GoFundMe account, he said, has been set up by the previous pastor of the church to help the children and their grandmother, Sylvia McKenzie, who is currently caring for them.

"Our hearts were broken over the devastating tragedy that killed a dear friend to so many," it says.

"Angela cared so much for everyone, always thinking of others' needs before her own. She loved unconditionally and her children were her number one priority."

Scott, who has been the pastor at the church for a year, said Angela McKenzie was a longtime member of the church.

"She is one of those members of your congregation who is involved in everything: children's activities, planning activities, events," he said.

"That's been her history for the time she's been here for many, many years."

Scott said other members are now doing everything they can to help her family.

"There's food support and there's emotional support and people are dropping in and checking on the kids, checking on (her) mom, checking on the other adults as community does," he said.

Scott said he was devastated to hear about McKenzie's death, which happened when she was on her way home after dropping off some items.

"It's a wrong time, wrong place and wrong circumstance," he said.

"It is really just a devastating loss to the community and to her family and friends."

Police said officers continue to investigate the crash.

"Our focus remains on the identification of the driver of the truck in order to hold him responsible for this senseless death," said Gregson.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2022.

Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press