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Stress over housing among reasons man went berserk with hammer


Stress over housing was likely one of the reasons why David James flew into a rage and attacked 11 people with a hammer at the Xwiston First Nation band office near Lillooet on Oct. 14, the chief says.

James, 22, was living with his mother in a rent-subsidized house on reserve when he died after being physically restrained to stop his attack on people at office of the First Nation, which is also called the Bridge River Indian Band.

Although James’ mother paid rent to the band for the house, every additional adult living in the same house was required to pay rent, which upset James, said Chief Susan James (no relation).


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