Published November 11, 2017
LAC DU FLAMBEAU – The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa expressed its sympathy for the death of eighth-grader Jason Pero, Jr. who was shot and killed by an Ashland County sheriff deputy on the Bad River Indian Reservation on Wednesday. Pero, 14, was shot shortly before noon on Wednesday. He had come from school earlier in the morning sick because he had the flu.
The Lac du Flambeau tribe released the following statement on Pero’s death on Friday:
The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Odanah. The senseless loss of a young man’s life is heartbreaking, and we send our condolences and love to Jason Pero, Jr.’s family and friends.
We stand ever ready to support our family and friends in the Bad River community.
These tragedies are occurring all too frequently in Indian Country. Our Tribal Council supports law enforcement efforts, and we hope that increased training and education will continue, and that this senseless loss of life will immediately stop.