The man people called a «caretaker» in the community was found near downtown Friday morning. He had been missing for four days.
A homeless Inuit elder who friends call a “caretaker” in the community was found safe and sound near downtown Montreal Friday morning. He had been missing since Monday night.
The last man to see Lucassie Kakkinerk says he fell asleep next to him in an alley off Parc Ave. around 11 p.m. that night. When he woke up three hours later, Kakkinerk was gone.
“It’s not like him to just leave like that without saying anything,” said Thomas Hainnu, who slept across from Kakkinerk most nights. “He left his bag, he left his stuff, it’s not normal.”
John Tessier is a street worker who saw Kakkinerk every day at the Open Door shelter. Thursday he filed a missing person’s report with police.
He’s one of the respected elders of the streets, he isn’t irresponsible, he wouldn’t just take off.”
“He’s one of the respected elders of the streets, he isn’t irresponsible, he wouldn’t just take off,” said Tessier. “People are worried.”
Tessier inquired with the city’s prisons and hospitals for any sign of the 50-year-old. He said Kakkinerk isn’t showing up anywhere in the system.
Kakkinerk’s sister Kitty stood outside the shelter on Parc Ave. Thursday as she trembled and cried. When Tessier walked by her, she yelled “did you find him?”
“That’s my brother, he’s a good man, he’s not a violent man, he’s good to everyone out here,” said Kitty, pointing to her older brother in a warped photograph. “He carries his backpack everywhere, he makes sure the (younger) homeless don’t drink too much. He shares his blankets.”
Kakkinerk is from the Inuit village of Quaqtaq, over 1,500 kilometres north of Montreal.