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Soda Creek First Nation Issues Statement on Suspicious Deaths

The Soda Creek First Nation is deeply impacted by a tragedy which claimed the lives of two young men in Williams Lake Tuesday evening.

Chief Donna Dixon issued a statement Friday on behalf of Soda Creek Council sending out condolences to the families of Jonathan Sellars and Devon Stewart.

“Once again, our community is in mourning with the senseless loss of Jonathan Sellars, a young man who was still searching for his life’s path,” Dixon said.

“We have received, and are extremely grateful for, the tremendous amount of support from all of our surrounding communities. Jonathan traveled around the province, purposely staying away from Williams Lake to better his life, visiting family and always keeping in touch with his parents, cousins, aunties, and uncles. Family was very important to him and he adored his nieces and nephews. ”

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“It seems to be the assumption that because Jonathan is a First Nations man, that he must have been doing something wrong. We ask for this insensitivity to stop. Now is the time for our youth and young adults to challenge themselves to become leaders in our community.”

“The Soda Creek First Nation will be reaching out to our surrounding neighbors, so that together we may build stronger, healthier communities.”

RCMP said the two men were found dead in a home on Mackenzie Avenue and that their deaths are suspicious.

“The police are seeking help from the public in this matter,” North District Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said in a media release.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Williams Lake RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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