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Driftpile First Nation murder victim ID’d as 15-year old boy

Jo Ann Lawrence

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A 15-year old boy is dead from a gunshot wound and an adult man was rushed to hospital after a violent incident on the Driftpile First Nations on New Year’s Eve.

RCMP officers from Faust and High Prairie as well as Lake Shore Regional Police Service responded to a home on the reserve just before midnight on Tuesday. When they arrived, they discovered Dallas Belcourt, a severely injured 15-year old boy suffering from a gunshot wound and an adult man suffering from lacerations to his hand and head.

Sgt. Josee Valiquette of the RCMP says Dallas Belcourt was rushed to hospital in High Prairie where he was pronounced dead. Police have not released the condition of the second victim.

Investigators recovered a gun believed to have been involved in the shooting. Police have charged Blake Francis Giroux, 21, of the Driftpile First Nation with second degree murder and aggravated assault. He has been remanded in police custody until Jan. 6.

An autopsy has confirmed that Dallas Belcourt died as a result of a gunshot wound and the “manner of death has been ruled to be a homicide”, according to Valiquette.

The 1500 member Driftpile First Nation is located approximately 320 Km northwest of Edmonton.

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