Dale Culver spoke to his sister on July 17. It was the first time they'd spoken in years, and it would be the last. Culver was involved in a police incident about 24 hours later and did not survive.
The matter is now under scrutiny by the province's Independent Investigations Office (IIO) to see if the RCMP members involved were in any way culpable in Culver's death, but for his family left behind it is numb comfort.
"It hasn't really sunk in with me yet," said Culver's grieving mother. She and Culver's shocked sister Raven Culver were in Prince George to take temporary care of the man's body so they could take it to their First Nation at Moricetown (between Smithers and Hazelton) for a formal grief ceremony.