It takes a Village and a Lousy Mother and Feminism and Anti-Racists and an Injun Tribe and Social Services and Bleeding Heart Judges and Prison to raise a Killer/"Child"

Brian Kyle Thomas

Irvine Jubal Fraser murdered by Brian Kyle Thomas blood

Irvine Jubal Fraser murdered by Brian Kyle Thomas UM

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Irvine Jubal Fraser murdered by Brian Kyle Thomas

'We hoped he could be helped': Shamattawa chief says community reached out to suspect in bus driver's killing

Suspect had FASD, was apprehended at birth, placed in 73 foster homes

CBC News, Feb 16, 2017

The troubled life of the young man suspected of murdering a Winnipeg Transit driver is coming into focus.

At 22, Brian Kyle Thomas, who was bounced between 73 foster homes as a child, has been homeless, battled substance abuse and has been in and out of jail for a series of violent crimes.

"He's had a very difficult upbringing," Shamattawa First Nation Chief Jeff Napaokesik told CBC News. "We hoped he could be helped, [to] find a solution to his trouble."

Thomas has been charged with second-degree murder after Winnipeg Transit driver Irvine Jubal Fraser, 58, was stabbed a number of times early Tuesday morning. The allegations have not been proven in court.

Thomas is from Shamattawa First Nation and had been living in Winnipeg, Napaokesik said. He had run into Thomas on a trip to the city just a few week ago, he said, and saw that the young man was struggling. "We bought him some shoes, some sneakers that he desperately needed at that time, also some money for food," he said, adding he and band members had even offered to bring him home to Shamattawa.

The murder allegations against Thomas have left Napaokesik and other community members in disbelief. "It was very shocking," he said. "We were looking at each other and talking and wishing we could've done more for him."

Thomas was born in June 1994 with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and placed in foster care after birth, his lawyer said. "His mother drank 'super juice' constantly while she was pregnant with him and as a result he was seized," Theodore Mariash told court during a sentencing hearing in November 2016.

Thomas pleaded guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend in August 2016 while intoxicated. "I just want to say sorry for what I did to my girlfriend. I am just sorry what happened," he told the judge.

Thomas has seven criminal convictions to date and has breached conditions upwards of 13 times. His first criminal charge was two months after his 18th birthday. In August 2012, he was charged with assault and pleaded guilty. Two years later, in October 2014, he pleaded guilty to another assault and was handed a 28-day sentence.

Later that fall Thomas was charged with uttering death threats against a woman and her two children and was carrying a knife. At the sentencing hearing in 2014 Thomas told the judge, "I want to go back to school and I just want to get my Grade 12 diploma and start out my life and get back on the right foot you know. I don't really like being in jail. I know my mom misses me a lot and I was hoping to get out today so I can spend Christmas with her," adding he had never had spent Christmas with her before.

The judge told Thomas she remembered him from his assault conviction a few months before. She had denied him bail at the time because "I thought you were really scary," she told him. The judge said that because he had spent the last few months in custody awaiting his sentencing, she considered his time served and let him go that day. "You're a man now, you're not a little boy anymore. You have to act like a man," she told him. "I'm going to let you out today so you can spend Christmas with your mother."

Back in Shamattawa, Napaokesik said they are still struggling with the news. He said his heart goes out to Fraser's family. "I feel for what the family might be going through in Winnipeg," he said. "We wish it had never happened."

He's a fine upstanding citizen! He's just misunderstood! He fell through the cracks!






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