It has been a year since George Antone was murdered in his home, and while police continue to probe the death, his absence is still being acutely felt in the Kwantlen First Nations reserve in Fort Langley.
Antone’s body was found in his home on McMillan Island where he had been born 71 years earlier. He had been shot.
The death of Antone, an elder with the Kwantlen, stunned the Kwantlen people throughout the Valley.
The Kwantlen First Nations is a community of approximately 90 people who live in the 9400 block of Glover Road in the historic village.
The killing “was a devastating tragedy for our community,” Kwantlen First Nations’ counsellor Tumia Knott said at the time.
One year after the March 7, 2011 killing, his people continue to struggle with the loss, Knott said.
“George’s loss has affected our community profoundly in many ways, and we miss him terribly,” she said. “He remains an important part of all of our families and we are hopeful that there is some resolution for all of us, in terms of understanding what happened.”
If police are nudging closer to an arrest, they are not saying.
“There are no updates to speak of as it continues to be in the evidence gathering stage and information regarding evidence cannot be released,” said Sgt. Jennifer Pound, who speaks for IHIT.
“We continue to ask the public with any information to contact the IHIT tip lines or CrimeStoppers,” Pound said.
Calls should be made to the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT(4448), by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).