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A file photo of the Maskwacis RCMP detachment (the sign is in Cree syllabics). Police in the community are investigating the shooting death of a ten-year-old boy on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.
Chief Vernon Saddleback of Samson Cree Nation, seen in a July 4, 2019, file photo.
The chief of a Maskwacis First Nation is requesting prayers for his community after a 10-year-old was shot and killed in a home there Wednesday.
Samson Cree Nation Chief Vernon Saddleback said his nation is reeling after the boy’s death, which led to manslaughter charges against a 13-year-old.
“You can’t comprehend an event like this,” Saddleback said in an interview Saturday. “I don’t care where you’re from or who you are or where you live. Any time you lose a child in this manner, it’s shocking. You can’t comprehend it.”
A vigil for the child is planned for Sunday night outside the band office.
According to RCMP, police received a 911 call about a gunshot in a house at 4 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived at the home, first responders found the 10-year-old boy dead.
A 13-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with manslaughter with a firearm. The teenager, whose identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is to appear in court on Sept. 2.
Staff Sgt. Dwayne Moore with Maskwacis RCMP said police would not release further details, citing the “delicate ages of the people involved.”
“Our focus is to continue to support the family and the community overall, which has been extremely impacted,” Moore said.
Maskwacis is home to four First Nations totalling around 18,000 people. Saddleback said around half of those people belong to Samson Cree Nation.
Saddleback said the nation is working to provide mental health supports for people in the community, especially first responders.
“I wasn’t there, and if it really hurts me … can you imagine the first responders that had to respond to this?” he said. Elders have also been asked to provide support to the families involved.
He asked that anyone who hears about the incident to hug their children and say a prayer for the families and the community.
“This is just a tragedy you can’t fathom.”
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