For the second time in six months, Martha Martin returned home to Edmundston, N.B., this week, carrying the ashes of one of her children.
On this occasion, it was remains of her son, Mark Martin, 23, who died by suicide while in custody at a correctional centre in Surrey, B.C., on Nov. 14.
In June, Martin’s 26-year-old daughter, Chantel Moore, was shot by an Edmundston police officer during a “wellness check.” The officer who killed her alleges she threatened him with a knife.
Both Martin and her children are from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, near Tofino, B.C. Chantel had recently relocated to Edmundston, where Martha was living, to be near her mother and her daughter.