A coroner’s inquest into the 2014 death of Naverone Woods is underway.
Woods was shot by a transit police officer inside a grocery store near Surrey Central Station on December 28 nearly three years ago.
More than a dozen of Naverone Woods’ family and friends teared up as a video showed Woods just minutes before he was shot.
TransLink bus driver Christine Morrison testified that Woods seemed agitated when he began pounding on bus doors, and that she notified police and other drivers at the bus loop not to let Woods on a bus.
Naverone’s sister-in-law Tracy Woods says the family just wants answers.
“…we’ve never ever had too much information on what happened.”
Sister in law says Naverone never took life for granted, he was an honour roll student, applied/graduated in security training
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She says the family is still mourning their loss.
“He was this young, friendly giant. He was a member of our community for 23 years. It should have been longer – he had so much potential.”
A second witness, Surrey Memorial emergency doctor Craig Murray, testified that just one day before the shooting, Naverone was brought to the hospital for a knee injury and admitted to using cocaine.
On the morning of the shooting, Naverone was once again brought to Surrey Memorial, this time due to a seizure.
He again admitted to using cocaine and alcohol.
The officer involved in the shooting was cleared by the Independent Investigations Office last year.