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Teens charged with murder on Man. reserve

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    Teens charged with murder on Man. reserve Last Updated: Monday, August 31, 2009 | 4:16 PM CT
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2009
      Teens charged with murder on Man. reserve
      Last Updated: Monday, August 31, 2009 | 4:16 PM CT
      Dakota Hunter was found badly beaten on Nelson House First Nation and died at Thompson General Hospital. (CBC)
      Two 16-year-old boys have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Dakota Hunter, 17, who was beaten in the remote northern Manitoba community of Nelson House First Nation.

      The youths, who cannot be named, will appear in Thompson Provincial Youth Court on Monday, the same day an autopsy will be conducted on Hunter.

      The teen was found badly beaten Saturday morning on the side of a road in the community, about 850 kilometres north of Winnipeg. He was rushed to Thompson General Hospital, where he later died.

      People who live in Nelson House, also known as Nisichiwayasik Cree Nation, told CBC News that Hunter shunned violence, and even worked with an organization to promote non-violence. He also was active raising money for cancer research.

      Hunter, who celebrated his 17th birthday two days before his death, was profiled by CBC News four years ago when he started taking tae kwon do lessons to deal with bullies.

      Colleen Hunter, Hunter's aunt, said the family has rallied around his mother, Cynthia.

      "She's still in a state of shock. We're kind of keeping an eye on her [because] I don't think she's come to terms with it yet," Colleen said. "She's just keeping herself busy - occupying her mind with other stuff."

      RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Line Karpish said a good relationship between the community and Mounties helped police make the prompt arrests of the 16-year-old suspects, who were taken into custody on the weekend.

      "Nelson House is not that big of a community. Certainly someone from the community that is involved in any sort of activity . then we will find out about it," she said.

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