‘She was a light to the world’: Family mourns Spokane native killed in Las Vegas stabbings

SPOKANE, Wash. — The family of a woman stabbed and killed in Las Vegas describe her as a beloved wife, sister and daughter.

Maris Jordan, who is originally from Spokane, was one of two people killed on the Strip Thursday. Six others were injured. The suspect is now in custody.

Jordan was born to two local teachers. Her mother works for the Central Valley School District and her father recently retired from being principal at Greenacres Middle School.

Her family released the following statement Friday:

Maris loved the beauty of life, and lived it to the fullest without limitations. She was an authentic and caring friend, a devoted wife, a kick-ass sister, and a loving daughter.

Growing up in Spokane, WA she enjoyed sledding and making snowmen in the winter, and watching sunsets in the summer.

She graduated WSU in 2014 and pursued traveling the world. Making friends and leaving ripples of love, Maris and her husband Cole made their way through dozens of countries. Their adventures led them all over Europe, Asia, while eventually calling Hong Kong home.

Considering her passion for concerts and festivals, the obvious next home base was Las Vegas. Always opening their doors for friends and family, Maris was always the life of any gathering.

Maris always saw the best in people, always gave them a chance, and always accepted people for who they were. Her huge capacity for love lead her to have lasting friendships from all over the world. She was a beautiful spirit and soul, and we will miss her for the rest of our lives.

She was a light to the world.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help with Jordan’s funeral expenses.

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