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'We're not going to let this one slide': Family of Winnipeg hit and run victim wants apology from cop

'We're not going to let this one slide': Family of Winnipeg hit and run victim wants apology from cop
From CBC - October 12, 2017

The sister of a man killed in a hit and run this week wantsan apology from the off-duty Winnipeg police officer who hasbeen charged in his death.

Terri Brass made the plea as a small crowd gathered Thursday night outside the Sutherland Hotel for a second vigil to mourn Cody Severight while vowing to sue police for the death.

"He should have been here and said sorry to us," said a tearful Brass, standing only steps from where her brother was killed Tuesday.

Brass said it's not too late for Const. Justin Holz to come forward with an apology and vowed to remain respectful if he did decide to come forward.

"I bet you he's hurting himself right now," she said.

Holz is out on bail, and his lawyer stresses he has not been found guilty of a crime.

Family has history of tragedy

What happened is all too familiar for Brassa fire truck ran over her father James Glen Houle,killing him in the city's North End in 2011. Her brother's death has brought back memories of the fatal crash and the investigation that followed.

Reports at the time said Houle was lying on the ground and quoted police saying the driver tried to brakeand did not know it was a person the truck hit. His family told CBC News at the time they would hold no ill will against firefighters and had no idea why he was on the road.

"He thought my dad was a piece of garbage, a garbage bag on the street," said Brass, who does not believe a proper investigation was done into the death.

Karen Beaudin raised Severightfrom the age of nine, when he entered foster care.

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