The family of 45-year-old Bruce Vigfusson are asking the Canadian government to cover the $6,000 it will cost to bring his body back home from Mexico.
The Manitoba man, who worked in the mining industry, died while serving a prison sentence in Mexico after being convicted of assault following a home invasion in which he attacked a thief, allegedly with the thief’s own crowbar. He was arrested in September of 2012.
Vigfusson’s son, Colt, argues that in order to get his father’s body released, he must go to Mexico to identify it. But Canada will not ensure his safety during such a trip, Colt suggests. He claims that the government has indicated that this is the first time a Canadian has died in a Mexican prison, and they’re not sure how to handle the situation.
Colt claims that the process of getting his father to a morgue, processed for a flight, and then returned to Canada will cost $6,000.
“This is awful,” he told CTV News HERE. “It would be nice to see if someone could step up to the plate immediately to provide the protection to get down there or to help us financially or what step to take because I’d like to get this body back home to Canada immediately.”