The family of 23-year-old Naverone Christian Landon Woods — shot and killed in a Surrey Safeway store in December — continues to raise questions about the circumstances of his death.
Woods was fatally shot by transit police officers at the Safeway store at 10355 King George Boulevard shortly after 8 a.m. PT on Dec. 28.
Members of his family will join Grand Chief Stewart Phillip with the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and representatives of Transportation Not Deportation at a vigil to be held at 4:30 p.m. PT at the Surrey Central SkyTrain Station.
Woods’ family issued a statement describing the Gitxsan man as “truly a gentle spirit who was respectful to all he came into contact with and brought happiness and laughter wherever he went.”
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Transit police were called after Woods was seen banging his head against a wall at the Surrey Central SkyTrain station, Dec. 28. A short while later, a clerk at a nearby convenience store reported he had entered the store agitated and demanding a knife.
When transit police arrived they say they found Woods inside a neighbouring Safeway shirtless and stabbing himself repeatedly with a knife he had grabbed at the grocery store.
Witnesses say police told Woods to drop the knife. Police say he didn’t and was shot while moving toward the police officers.
Woods was rushed to the Royal Columbian Hospital, but was pronounced dead soon after arriving, according to the BC Coroners Service, which is investigating the death along with B.C’s Independent Investigations Office.
The vigil marks the two-month anniversary of Woods’ death. Family and community members say they are concerned about the force used against him and are questioning whether race played a role in the killing.