Cooper Nemeth’s family are preparing a feast Friday night to say thank you to a group who helped in the search.
His uncle, Brent Sayles says they want to say thank you to the Bear Clan Patrol, an indigenous group who helped paper the city with posters before police delivered the tragic news that Cooper was dead.
“These guys came out when they really didn’t have to, they have a lot of missing people within the indigenous community. They came forward and said we want to help and went into the roughest neighbourhoods in Winnipeg,” he says. “We just want to say thank you.”
Sayles says the family is still struggling with its loss.
“It’s been really tough. There’s no manual on how to do with a missing child and no manual on how you’re supposed to deal when that child has been found murdered. None of us no know to deal with it. It’s horrible and every hour is different than the hour before.”
The family is holding a celebration of the 17-year-old’s life on Monday, February 29th.
22 year old Nicholas Bell-Wright is charged with second degree murder. He has another court appearance next Friday.