RCMP say they arrested 28-year-old Rykel Frank and 29-year-old Mitchell Frank on Friday.

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PORT ALBERNI — Police say two people are charged with the 2018 first-degree murder in the death of a six-year-old boy in Port Alberni, BC

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RCMP say they arrested 28-year-old Rykel Frank and 29-year-old Mitchell Frank on Friday.

Police say six-year-old Dontay Lucas was found dead on March 13, 2018.

Insp. Eric Rochette says in a news release Saturday that such investigations are difficult for everyone involved, and he understands that the time taken to get to this point in the case has been challenging for the community.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council thanks the RCMP for their work and says it is a “huge relief” that charges were laid.

Police gave no other details, but say the investigation continues and a news conference will be held Monday.

“Such a happy little boy”

In 2018 RCMP received a call about a child in medical distress about 9:30 am

“The child was transported to hospital and, tragically, did not survive,” said Port Alberni RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Amelia Hayden.

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Family friend Miranda Mack said the news was “really hard to hear.”

“He was such a happy little boy,” she told CHEK News. “I’d see him playing around with all the other kids. I have played with my daughter a lot. It’s just heartbreaking to know that he’s not here.”

At the time, the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council described the boy, who had family connections to the Ahousaht and Hesquiaht First Nation communities, as having “a big, beautiful smile.”

“The Nuu-chah-nulth shares in the sorrow of his passing and extend our sincere condolences to the parents, family, friends and community members during this heartbreaking time of loss,” the statement said.

With files from the Times Colonist


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