Friends and family gathered in Abbotsford this afternoon to remember the life of Alex Gervais, the 18-year-old who died in an Abbotsford hotel while in the care of the province.
Close to one hundred people gathered to remember the teenager, who was known “for his tenacity and determination”, according to a program given to funeral attendees.
Friends and family say he “valued respect and loyalty and carried it out in his day-to-day actions”.
BC’s premier says it’s too soon to say who should be held accountable for the death.
Christy Clark initially said the agency in charge of Gervais made a “real mistake” by not informing the Children’s Ministry that he’d been staying alone in a hotel for two months.
Gervais fell from a fourth-floor window of an Abbotsford hotel on Sept. 18, and children’s representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has said it’s believed he killed himself.
Opposition New Democrat Leader John Horgan has called on Children’s Minister Stephanie Cadieux to resign but Clark has accused him of using the case to score political points.
The premier now says the only way to find some answers is through a review of the case, which the Children’s Ministry is conducting.
She also says the ministry is trying to identify which children in government care are most at risk.