The family of Sabrina Rosette, 33, who died at Tl’esqox (Toosey) First Nation on Saturday, June 8, is planning a vigil for her on Oct. 19. Photo submitted

Toosey family planning vigil for Sabrina Rosette

No suspect charged yet in death of 33-year-old First Nations woman

The family of a 33-year-old woman who died at Tl’esqox (Toosey) First Nation west of Williams Lake in June is holding a vigil in her honour in the community on Saturday, Oct. 19.

May Cooper told the Tribune she wants to do the vigil for her cousin, Sabrina Rosette, and is receiving help to organize it from Rosette’s father, Alfred Jack, and her sister, Liz Rosette, along with family friends and community members.

“There has been no justice,” Cooper said. “I am hoping to put some pressure on the RCMP and on our justice system to do their job.”

Police were called to the community just after 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, to assist BC Emergency Health Services who were responding to a woman suffering from fatal injuries.

Read more: RCMP investigating woman killed at Toosey Saturday evening

“Despite life-saving efforts the woman could not be revived and died at the scene,” said Sgt. Janelle Shoihet with the RCMP District Advisory NCO. “The nature of, or the mechanism of the victim’s injuries, will not be disclosed at this time.”

A local man was arrested at the scene by RCMP and taken into custody.

To date no charges have been laid and Cooper said the suspect was released.

At the time of the incident, police identified two possible scenes that were under investigation: one on the reserve and another at ‘Lover’s Leap.’

Cpl. Kevin McIntyre of the RCMP North District Major Crime Unit told the Tribune Thursday that the investigation is ongoing.

“We do have leads we are following up on,” McIntyre said. “Obviously someone was arrested. Whether we lay charges right away, it doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t have a suspect or don’t have somebody we believe is responsible.”

McIntyre said he has been communicating with Rosette’s father, Alfred Jack, and spoke most recently with him on Monday, Oct. 7.

Describing her cousin as a ‘spunky’ young lady with two beautiful boys, Cooper said Rosette had a joyful spirit and she misses her very much.

“No matter what occasion, she was there for you, no matter what, even when she was down, she always made you feel better,” Cooper said. “It’s so hard to describe. She was a loving person.”

Cooper said she and Rosette were the same age and grew up together.

“I remember when were in high school she ended up going to Skyline, which back then was out by the new fire hall. I made every excuse to get transferred there just to be with her at school. It was lonely without her because all of my other cousins graduated the year before. She was all I had left.”

Once they got older, the two cousins lost the closeness they had growing up, she added.

Cooper said more information will be coming soon as to the time and place of the vigil.

Read more: Toosey family ‘heartbroken’ over loss of young mom



news@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Williams Lake RCMP seek public’s assistance locating missing woman

Kendra Shorter was last seen near the hospital

Generosity abounds at Tribune’s Food and Toy Drive

The public also enjoyed the festive attitude, with two local musical groups performing

Province lowers rents for new affordable housing unit in Williams Lake

Rents for 30 of the units have been lowered effective January 2020

Lakecity to host Bantam Tier 2 Hockey Championships this March

Williams Lake will play host to a BC Hockey provincial championship this winter

Annual Christmas Wish Breakfast on now at Boston Pizza

From 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. a steady stream of patrons will be attending the 14th annual breakfast

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Process to identify those killed in Gabriola plane crash could take days

Canadian flight museum suggests Alex Bahlsen of Mill Bay died in Tuesday’s crash

‘Honest mistake:’ RCMP says B.C. cannabis shop can keep image of infamous Mountie

Sam Steele wearing military, not RCMP uniform in image depicted in Jimmy’s Cannabis window

B.C. conservation officers put down fawn blinded by pellet gun on Vancouver Island

Young deer found near construction site in Hammond Bay area in Nanaimo, B.C.

Laid-off forest workers converge on B.C. legislature

Loggers call for action on strike, provincial stumpage

B.C. guide fined $2K in first conviction under new federal whale protection laws

Scott Babcock found guilty of approaching a North Pacific humpback whale at less than 100 metres

Feds urge Air Canada to fix booking problems as travel season approaches

The airline introduced the new reservation system more than three weeks ago

Almost 14,000 Canadians killed by opioids since 2016: new national study

17,000 people have been hospitalized for opioid-related poisoning

Chevron’s move to exit Kitimat LNG project a dash of ‘cold water’ for gas industry

Canada Energy Regulator approved a 40-year licence to export natural gas for Kitimat LNG

Most Read