Family makes public plea for information
- NC Raine | November 13, 2023
It’s been seven months since Aaron Gamble was killed, and for seven months, his sister has been looking for answers.
“It’s been difficult for myself and my family to get through this,” said Emilia Greyeyes a member of Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation. “It happens all the time – families get frustrated because we want answers and we want answers now, which we can’t get.”
Gamble, 54, was found deceased on March 24 in Saskatoon on the 2300 block of 17th Street West.
Police suspect foul play, because when his body was found it was apparent it had been moved.
“So, I’m asking whoever has information that might be able to help, do the right thing and come forward,” said Greyeyes.
She has been in contact with the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) investigators, who also want the crime solved.
After seven long months, Greyeyes hopes justice will prevail in her brother’s case.
“Until recently, I was trying to get the word out on my own – posting about my brother, I got shirts made, vehicle decals – just to raise any awareness about my brother that I could,” she said.
Greyeyes recently connected with Krista Fox, an advocate for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), who in turn connected her with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN). The FSIN and Fox are now supporting the family and provided their own statements to the media.
“This occurs far too often; three out of four homicides in 2021 (were) First Nations people despite representing 17 per cent of the population,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron in a news release. “These tragedies are a direct result of the harm of colonization and inadequate justice systems that continue to harm the progression and healing of our people. We will support the Gamble family and we will continue to work on the systemic changed to address the statistics.”
Greyeyes wants people to know more about her brother and shared some of his most endearing qualities.
They were only a year apart in age and were very close growing up.
She said Gamble was known to be very warm and approachable, but also very driven.
After graduating high school, he attended the University of Saskatchewan's Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) and received his bachelor of education.
As a teacher, Gamble was beloved by his students because of his open-door policy, said Greyeyes.
As an uncle, he was loving and always willing to babysit.
Gamble loved sports and music particularly football and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“He was always friendly, always happy,” said Greyeyes. “He was a gentle soul.”
Although Greyeyes is grateful for the support from FSIN the SPS, she also needs the public’s help.
“He was a very special person, and he did not deserve what happened to him,” she said. “I hope we get justice for him because we’re his only voice now.”
Anyone who may have information or additional video evidence is asked to contact Saskatoon Police at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.