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Letter to the editor: Hayward family looking for answers to 2015 RCMP shooting death

“The coroners inquest will most likely be held spring of 2019 and I want to be prepared.”

My name is Nora Hayward, I am the aunt of James Hayward who was shot and killed by police in Port Hardy in July 2015.

First I wish to thank all those who spoke up at the time of the shooting, those that had courage to come forward and share their experiences .

I am at this time trying to reach out to the public and request for any recordings, pictures, or even personal witness statements, statements that might have been missed with the initial collection.

The coroners inquest will most likely be held spring of 2019 and I want to be prepared.

I am in no way implying the RCMP did not do their jobs I just know that it is sometimes easier to deal with civilians than police officers. I understand that some people may have held back information, perhaps for fear of repercussions, or others reasons.

I am at this time imploring those persons to please come forward. I am not looking for any one sided or single minded opinions or videos, I am searching for the truth, the entire truth.

Nora Hayward,

Lake Cowichan