Mother of murdered woman wants justice
Staff photo by Angela Brown...Cindy Rubio holds a picture of her daughter Roberta McIvor who was killed at Sandy Bay First Nation on July 30. Rubio is seeking justice.
A woman from Sandy Bay First Nation is looking for answers following the death of her daughter Roberta Dawn McIvor.
McIvor, 32, was killed in the early morning hours of July 30, when two teenage girls allegedly tried to steal her car while she was sleeping in it at a location in Sandy Bay, police reports confirm.
McIvor was removed from the vehicle, the police state, and she was fatally injured when the car drove off.
Two girls are facing charges of manslaughter for their alleged involvement in the murder of McIvor and are in custody.
A 15-year-year old female suspect appeared in Portage la Prairie provincial court on Thursday and her case has been remanded to September. The other accused, a 17-year-old girl, will be in court in Portage for her first appearance on Sept. 12.
The distraught mother Rubio says she believes the people who are responsible for her daughter's death should be charged with first-degree murder instead of manslaughter.
"I don't feel good about it," she said when she heard the youths were charged with manslaughter. "It is first degree murder."
Rubio wants to see justice served in the death of her daughter Roberta.
"The parents should be held responsible," she added. "They should be held responsible for their children's actions."
Rubio said her daughter Roberta was not currently working but had plans for the future.
Roberta was intending to begin studies in the fall to take a health care worker course at Red River College.
Rubio said Roberta was a stay-at-home mother taking care of her 14-year-old daughter.
She described Roberta as a very giving person and said she did not deserve what happened to her.
"She was a very bright girl," Rubio said. "She always went out of her way to help people. The whole reserve is very hurt by what happened. Nothing like that happened in our reserve."
Most of all Rubio said all she was given to remember her daughter Roberta was a lock of her hair, and she misses her deeply.
On the last day she was with Roberta she said they both told one another how much they mean to each other.
"The last words we said to each other were that we love each other," Rubio said, adding, "It doesn't make sense -- why? It hurts."
She said Roberta was well-liked and loved in the community and she sees her death as a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"I want justice done," Rubio added. "I want all those responsible to feel justice."