June 6, 2013 5:50 pm
Updated: June 7, 2013 7:26 pm

Family petitions government, hoping for answers in son’s death


CALGARY- A Calgary family is desperate for answers following the death of their son in Belize, and are now petitioning the House of Commons in hopes of getting closure.

In January, 35-year-old Jeffrey Furgala was detained for public intoxication. About nine hours after he was locked up, officials found him unconscious. Furgala died a few days later in hospital.

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Police in Belize said Furgala fell in his cell, and causing head injuries—but his family says they’re getting contradictory information. His mother requested documents from the coroner, but certain information was left out.

“It says in there that he was tested for toxicity,” explains Fern Tiberio. “If you’re gonna go portray my son as being intoxicated, prove it to me. The autopsy report is absent of any report of toxicity.”

The family has since launched a petition, urging officials in Canada to help them get the answers they’re looking for. Global News tried contacting Foreign Affiars, but they did not return requests for comment.

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