Father brought to girls' funeral in ambulance
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, February 2, 2008 2:15PM EST
YELLOW QUILL RESERVE, Sask. - A steady stream of cars pulled up to the hall on the Yellow Quill reserve Saturday morning as residents gathered to say goodbye to Kaydance and Santana Pauchay, two tiny residents who froze to death earlier this week.
Among the mourners was the girls' father, Christopher Pauchay, who arrived in an ambulance. He is still being treated in hospital for the frostbite and hypothermia he suffered the night his daughters, aged 3 and 1, died.
Details remain sketchy, but family members have said they believe Pauchay might have been seeking medical help for the one of the girls and intended to walk a short distance to another home when he took them out wearing light clothing early Tuesday morning. They've also said he had been drinking that night.
The memorial service was private, and RCMP officers were stationed at the reserve entrance to enforce a media ban imposed by Chief Robert Whitehead at the request of family and the band's elders.
Speaking to reporters as he left the memorial reception, Pauchay's brother Gary said both parents have been devastated by the tragedy.
He says Tracey Jimmy, the girls' mother, is expecting another child in April.
"The parents are really sad.''
His brother hasn't told him much about what happened that night, Pauchay said.
"He just stares at me.''
He couldn't speculate on Christopher's recovery, other than to say, "He'll walk.''
When reporters noticed an open bottle on the console of his car and asked how he was coping, Pauchay said simply, "having a beer.''