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November 16, 2012 edition of the Salmon Arm Observer


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    Your Classified Connection / Vol. 23 No. 46 Friday, November 16, 2012


    Slow motion # Claudette Cote, centre front, leads Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi members Anthony Arcand, Ann Altemeyer, Barb Goodall, Winston Lee-Hai and Christina McDermott in moves during a demonstration held Saturday at the Mall at Piccadilly.


    Victims family shocked by arrestsBarb Myers, mother of

    murder victim Tyler Myers, wasnt optimistic the police would have any more news of her sons killing nearly four years after his death.

    But a voicemail message on Nov. 5 changed all that.

    An RCMP offi cer called to let her know they had arrested a 20-year-old man

    and 21-year-old woman and were charging them with fi rst-degree murder.

    Tyler was shot dead and his body found on the grounds of Bastion Elemen-tary on Nov. 22, 2008.

    While Barb was informed of the identities of the ac-cused perpetrators, the pair were 16 and 17 years old at the time of the offence and, as such, their names and any information that could

    identify them cannot be published under the provi-sions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

    It was a two-edged sword. I was so elated they had cracked the case, but fi nding out who they arrest-ed, it was such a let-down. I am really shocked and dis-appointed, Barb said in an interview from her home in Campbell River.

    Police confi rm both ac-cused knew Tyler prior to the murders.

    We dont believe this was a random murder. By virtue of the fi rst-degree murder charge, we believe it was a planned and deliber-ate murder of Tyler Myers, said RCMP major crimes Insp. Gary Shinkaruk at a press conference following the arrests.

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    comment on the rela-tionship between Tyler and the two accused or a possible motive for the killing, saying those details will come out in court.

    Tylers sister Chris-tina says she still has trouble believing who has been arrested.

    I cant even begin to explain how angry and hurt I feel knowing what I do now. Its tak-ing a long time to sink in.

    Christina, who lives in Enderby, describes her relationship with her brother as very close. With a 14-year age difference between them, Christina says his death was like the loss of a child and a best friend.

    She describes how she would go on long drives with her brother, the music cranked up and enjoying the world passing by.

    Wed go nowhere, but everywhere, and we loved those times to-gether. That was some-thing we used to do with our dad and then

    wed still do it. I miss that so much, she says tearfully. Now I have to drive on my own.

    Christina says she remains emotionally devastated by the loss of her brother.

    If Im out and en-joying myself, I sud-denly stop and feel bad because hes not there. Its like Im betraying our bond to have fun without him. I miss him every second of every day. I may have a smile on my face, but Im dying inside.

    Both women are anxious to hear more of the facts surrounding Tylers death.

    Its a relief to get to this point, but now theres more waiting waiting to hear what information the police have and how the in-vestigation went. Im wearing a path in my carpet, walking back and forth wondering, says Christina.

    Christina says she is grateful to police for their work in bringing the case to this point.

    Some people just disappear and families never get answers, nev-er get anything. At least I know now that some

    of my questions will be answered.

    Barb also feels some closure now that arrests have been made, but is hoping to get a clearer picture of what hap-pened to her son from the trial.

    I think that will help me have true closure. I guess what keeps go-ing through my mind is why, why? Why did they have to resort to murder? she asks. I dont like to judge until I have all the facts. Its in my mind that theres two other young lives involved and my heart

    also goes out to the mothers of those chil-dren and how this im-pacts them. Its just so sad for so many.

    Due to the timing between the arrests and the fi rst court appear-ance, Barb was unable to travel from Vancou-ver Island to Salmon Arm to attend the fi rst court appearance, but she intends to follow the judicial proceed-ings very closely.

    I want to be there for Tyler... I do have many fond memories of Tyler and Im so glad Ive got those.

    Details remain under wraps Continued from front

    # Police tape blocked off access to Bastion School after Tyler Myers was found shot dead on the school grounds on Nov. 22, 2008.




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  • Shuswap Market News Friday, November 16, 2012 A3

    A veteran of local politics has set his sights on provincial office.

    Will Hansma, the former mayor of Spal-lumcheen, announced Tuesday, that he will pursue the Liberal nomination for the Shus-wap constituency.

    I look forward to bringing my experience to the table as an option for membership to choose from in the upcoming selection meet-ing for a candidate of the Shuswap riding in the beginning of January, said Hansma, who owns the Okanagan Advertiser newspaper.Hansma was first elected as a Spallumcheen councillor in 1996.

    He then went on to serve more than four terms as mayor after winning a byelection in 1998. He decided not to seek re-electio