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Prince Rupert family hires private investigators to investigate son's death

RCMP say no evidence of foul play

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Justin Brooks' mother Cheryl Ryan (centre) is hoping to get answers for her son's death on Prince Rupert's waterfront. (photo: George Baker/CBC)

In March 2013, the body of Justin Brooks was found lying in Prince Rupert's harbour. RCMP say there is no evidence of foul play, but his family wants answers about what caused his death and has hired private investigators to find out.

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"We found out he was called names, he was pushed around," mother Cheryl Ryan says of the night Brooks died. There is also video from the Prince Rupert Port Authority the family believes would shed light on the case, but it has only been shared with RCMP. 

Despite the RCMP saying there is no evidence of foul play, a number of organizations have become involved rallying around the family including the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, BC Civil Liberties, and the Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Services Society.  "There's still a lot of questions as to what actually happened down there," says Christine Martin, executive director of the VATJSS. "The family just really felt they didn't have confidence RCMP are fully investigating this the way it should have been. And neither do I."

RCMP say the file on Brooks' death is still open but without any new information, they have nothing to follow up on.

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