Friend mourns victim of TIB hit and run

A third member of the Seymour family has died in less than a month after a hit and run on the Tk'emlups Indian reserve, a longtime friend of the deceased said Sunday.

David Seymour, 64, died when he was struck by a vehicle on West Shuswap Road shortly after 10 p.m. on Friday.

"He was, to me, one of the most special people in my life," said Manny Jules, a former band chief.

Jules said Seymour was walking home from a family member's house in the George Campbell subdivision at the time. Jules learned about the accident shortly after it happened and rushed to Royal Inland Hospital to meet with Seymour's family.

His friend died in hospital.

A search by police found the vehicle, which was seized. But the driver was not around. Just before 4 a.m. Saturday, a family member found the alleged driver and took him to the RCMP detachment, where he was held in cells.

In a news release, RCMP Staff Sgt. Doug Aird said the man was to appear before a justice of the peace later in the day Saturday to face a charge of dangerous driving causing death.

Aird said the 31-year-old driver had been drinking. He is also a member of the Tk'emlups Indian Band.

The death came less than a week after Seymour's cousin, Jesse Seymour, 29, was stabbed during an altercation at a Columbia Street home on July 15.

Torbin Jacaida Alec, also 29, appears in court Monday on a charge of second-degree murder.

Earlier this month, Susan Seymour died from cancer, said Jules.

First Nations communities are so close-knit that everyone feels the pain and sadness, he said. Jules once buried 14 family members within two years. To have so many die close together prolongs the grief and mourning.

"It just never seems to end. It feels like (the pain) goes on forever," he said, adding Tk'emlups will be grieving for a long time.

Jules called his friend a talented artist who began drawing with crayons as a boy. During Jules's tenure as chief, he recruited Seymour to design the Kamloops Indian Band logo and create portraits of the band chiefs.

"His legacy as an artist has been firmly entrenched in the community," he said.

His friend was a bit of an eccentric who earned the nickname Raven Dave with his posturing on the CN Rail Bridge during a late- night walk home from Riverside Park, he said.

And Seymour was a huge fan of The Beatles, which prompted him to become the first person on the reserve with a Beatles haircut, said Jules.

An investigation is ongoing. Police did not provide an update on Sunday.

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