Yesterday, the Internet fell in love with a couple who appeared to be falling in love in the middle of a Vancouver riot following the Canucks' NHL championship loss to the Boston Bruins. Today, Australian and Canadian media have identified the pair as an Aussie man living in Vancouver, and his Canadian girlfriend. According to Australia's 9 News, the young man is 29-year-old Scott Jones, of Perth, who has been living in Vancouver for about six months, and the woman is Alexandra Thomas, an environmental engineering graduate from the University of Guelph. Jones's parents have been chatty with the press, and his mom was pretty funny about identifying him:
"It is something he would do, that's our boy. He has always lived in his own world, he's special like that. He doesn’t always connect with what going on around him.
"I knew it was him because he doesn't have a lot of clothes with him and he always puts on the same thing.
"I'd have to have my house flooded to get on the news, but he just has to kiss a beautiful girl," she said.
Scott Jones's dad, Brett Jones, who reportedly announced on his Facebook page that the young man in the photo was his son, told the Toronto Star how Thomas and Scott came to be lying down in the middle of a riot:
“She had actually been injured,” Brett Jones told the Star Friday morning from his home in Perth, Australia. “She had been knocked down by a shield” from the riot police.
“He lay down next to her to comfort her. She was crying and he just kissed her to calm her down.”
Brett Jones said Scott, who performs a stand-up comedy routine, hasn't quite realized his fame. "I don’t think he’s come to grips with it. The full force of it is going to hit him today," he told the paper. Both his parents agreed the situation wouldn't hurt the solo act one bit.
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