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Murder victims’ families ‘surrounded by death’ as connections to homicides and overdoses detailed – CBC

Families explain in victim impact statements how other losses compounded their grief

Jan 12, 2018

It was only a few years ago that Kyle Devine was marching in an annual walk in Calgary to remember his slain mother, whose murder has never been solved. This week, Devine’s own killer was sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing three people.

There was no more poignant example of the catastrophic and sometimes fatal legacy of Canada’s residential school system and history of colonialism than in Courtroom 6 at the Lethbridge courthouse this week.

“[I was] struck by the fact that not only Austin’s family but the family of the victims, they seem to be surrounded by death,” said defence lawyer Tonii Roulston.

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