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Canada 'Justice for my brother': Family demanding answers about August death near Russell, Man.

09:50  23 december  2019
09:50  23 december  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Four months later, his oldest sister says the family still has no answers about how or why he died.

"I'm in the dark just like everybody else," Georgina Swain, who goes by Gina, said.

All Gina and her two siblings know is that their brother was found after RCMP were called about an assault on August 14 near the Russell airport.

She said they fear he was beaten to death.

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"Every time we phone [RCMP] to ask, they say there's nothing new."

Gina said police told her it could take nine months before the family finds out what happened.

CBC contacted RCMP for an update on the case and a spokesperson said he would follow up with investigators on Monday.

Honoured by candlelight

The Swain family held a candlelight vigil in memory of Matthew on Saturday night at the site where he was found near the airport in Russell, which is located 310 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

Matthew was honoured by his siblings, parents, other family and friends from the Gambler First Nation, including the Chief, David LeDoux.

Gina said her brother died on their mother's 73rd birthday.

Matthew leaves behind a four-year-old daughter, who Gina said he taught about the stars, planets and solar systems.

"She thinks of her dad all the time," Gina says about her niece.

He was a smart, well-educated man who often demonstrated empathy, according to Gina.

"He would give you the shirt off his back," she said. "He had a lot to live for."

Matthew would have celebrated his 41st birthday on Dec. 19, Gina said.

At the candlelight vigil on Saturday, a group held a pipe and drum ceremony, and sang songs to "let his spirit go so he could be at peace," Gina said.

"I miss my baby brother," she said.

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