Regina’s uncle, who killed himself a few hours after being evacuated by guards from the hospital, says he hopes family members will finally find the answers they are looking for.
The inquest into the death of Samuel Ugo, who died two years ago, began with six people selected to sit on the bench.
The family is hopeful that the Samuel Yugo investigation will be launched
Before making recommendations to the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service on how to prevent similar deaths, jurors should ask for evidence regarding Yuko’s death.
The investigation is to establish the facts, not to find fault, and not civil or criminal action.
Yuko, 20, was a footballer from Abbotsford, BC
After seeking psychiatric help from Regina General Hospital, he died in a lake in Saskatchewan Assembly Grounds in May 2020, which he visited twice that day.
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His uncle Justin Nye believes Yugo was sent back because he was black.
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“I really didn’t always want to talk about race, but his race played a role in the way he was treated,” Nyee, from Calgary, said outside the hearing.
“They didn’t see him as one of them. That’s why they kicked him out.”
Nye said hospital staff showed no mercy on her nephew.
The Saskatchewan Health Commission apologized to the family and acknowledged that Yuko had not been given the care he needed hours before he died.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, there is evidence. In the event of an emergency, call 911 for immediate assistance.
For a directory of support services in your area, go here Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention.
Learn more about how to help someone in crisis On the Government of Canada website.
An inquest into the death of Samuel Yuko is set to begin
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