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Fears of violent gang prevent Nak'azdli reserve members from sharing torture information

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Fribjon Bjornson

Fears of a violent gang are keeping some northern B.C. residents from sharing information about the torture and decapitation of a young man following a party last winter, CBC News has learned.

The severed head of Fribjon Bjornson, 28, was found in a vacant house on the Nak'azdli reserve near Fort St. James on Feb. 3, three weeks after he was last seen about 60 kilometres away at a 7-Eleven in Vanderhoof, B.C.

The rest of his body was never found and no one has been charged in the case.

But Bjornson's parents say residents of the reserve have already told them what happened to their son. They say those same residents are unwilling to share what they know with police, in part, because of fear of retaliation by the gang.

CBC reporter Eric Rankin has been looking into this case. He spoke with Betsy Trumpener.

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