Three juveniles charged for death of five-year-old Native boy

Three juveniles have been charged in connection with the death of five-year-old Ethan Yellowbird on the Samson Cree First Nation in Alberta.

Yellowbird, who was the grandson of Chief Marvin Yellowbird, was killed last July while he was sleeping. Authorities at the time blamed his death on a drive-by shooting -- the juveniles who were charged have gang affiliations, CBC News reported.

Two of the three juveniles have been arrested while the third is still wanted, CBC reported. All face charges of manslaughter; intentional discharge of a firearm and endangering life.

Two months after the incident, another drive-by shooting claimed the life of Ethan's aunt. Chelsea Yellowbird, 28, lived next door.

Band members recently adopted a bylaw that sets up a process to banish violent offenders from the reserve.

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Hobbema RCMP charge 3 youths in boy's shooting death (CBC 1/10)
Hobbema RCMP arrest two young offenders in connection with Ethan Yellowbird shooting (The Edmonton Journal 1/10)

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