On the second day of a long-awaited coroner’s inquest into the death of Lisa Dudley, a paramedic finally shared what the 37-year-old woman’s final words were.
Paramedic Peter Smith broke down at the stand as he shared that Dudley wanted him to let her parents know that she was sorry for what happened and that she loved her mother.
Dudley’s mother cried when she heard what her daughter’s last words were, nearly 10 years after her passing.
Remaining silent was clearly upsetting for Smith over the years but he was instructed not to speak of the case.
Dudley’s stepdad is frustrated with the process, saying it’s unfair the family had to wait this long to hear those words.
“I think it was a gross injustice… This is wrong, something went wrong here. Something is wrong in the policy,” Dudley’s stepdad Mark Surakka told Global News.
“Why couldn’t the paramedics have said things to us 10 years ago? What was the hold? Tell me. Those are the things that are familial, those are the things that hold you together… I mean, my goodness… what had that to do with a murder investigation? Tell me, what did it?”
Dudley and her partner Guthrie McKay were shot in their Mission home in 2008 in a dispute over a marijuana grow-op in their home.
McKay’s body was found four days later by a neighbour; Dudley was paralyzed and bleeding; she died in hospital.
Questions remain about the RCMP’s response to the incident. There are allegations that officers, who went to the scene but didn’t get out of their vehicles to check on the house or speak to neighbours, failed to investigate properly following 911 calls.