Details on Prince Rupert youth deaths scarce

The Prince Rupert RCMP are not releasing any new information on two recent incidents involving deaths of young people.

Justin Brooks.

Justin Brooks.

The Prince Rupert RCMP are not releasing any new information on two recent incidents involving deaths of young people, but are still asking the public for assistance.

The most recent incident took place on April 15 when two children being pulled in a wagon near the intersection of 7th Ave. East and Frederick Street were hit by a cyclist. Paramedics were called to the family’s home the following day, and the young child was brought to the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Const. Matt Ericson, Prince Rupert RCMP media spokesman, said police are still looking for a witness who stopped their vehicle to assist the family that night.

“Right now we’re just focusing on tracking down that vehicle and the cyclist,” said Ericson.

RCMP are also not releasing further information on the Justin Brooks investigation, the 21-year-old that was found deceased in the harbour near the Rotary Waterfront Park. Ericson declined to comment whether individuals had admitted to assaulting Brooks prior to his death, and if individuals would be charged with assault in that case.