A year after Rodney Levi was fatally shot by RCMP, family holds day of memorial

Metepenagiag First Nation community members gathered on the weekend to honour the memory of Rodney Levi.

Becky Levi, says the day included a baseball game, and a community walk.

“They’re gathering at the school gym and we’re going to just be there in solidarity and just show that we’re not going to sit down and let this blow over, they took a real life, they took a real human,” says Levi.

Becky Levi remembers the day her Uncle Rodney was killed by the RCMP,

And her family wants answers.

“The fight’s not over, we are going to see this through,” says Levi.

On June 12, 2020, police were called to a disturbance at a home in Sunny Corner, NB, about 150 km northwest of Moncton.

Police say Levi approached the officer with a knife, and perceived Levi as a threat.

Chief Bill ward, of Metepenagiag First Nation was shocked when he got the call that Levi was dead.

“I couldn’t believe it you know the calls that I got was kind of it was a hard call to take, he wasn’t a violent person, he was a gentle guy, he was too friendly, it was shocking, devastating,” says Ward.

The investigation found the shooting was suicide by police. No charges were laid against the officer.

The Levi family disagrees.

“I just don’t want to see it happen to another family and I just want there to be change,” says Levi.

The Levi family hopes a coroner’s inquest, on Oct. 4 will provide answers.

Video Journalist / Halifax

Angel Moore is a proud Cree from the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. Angel grew up in Winnipeg and has a Journalism degree from the University of King’s College. She also has a degree from Dalhousie University in International Development Studies and Environmental Sustainability. Angel joined APTN News in June 2018 as the correspondent in the Halifax bureau and covers Atlantic Canada.