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Tyler Hikoalok a product of group homes and foster care, friends say – Nunatsiaq.com

by ahnationtalk on June 1, 2018126 Views

June 01, 2018

“Maybe this could have been prevented”

Tyler Hikoalok, the 18-year-old man who faces a first-degree murder charge in the highly publicized death of a 59-year-old volunteer librarian in Ottawa, struggled with the damaging effects of early childhood abuse and severe neglect, those who knew him told Nunatsiaq News.

“I want to make it clear that I am not trying to justify his actions. Violence is never acceptable,” Justin Holness said in a phone interview on Wednesday.

Holness runs a hip-hop music collective for Indigenous musicians and worked from 2013 to 2016 as an aboriginal youth coordinator at Ottawa’s Wabano Centre.

He knew Hikoalok, who is originally from Cambridge Bay, for several years, and he said Hikoalok was an aspiring hip-hop musician who dropped in at Wabano from time to time.

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