More photos released of suspect alleged to have set fire to memorial to residential school victims

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A memorial to the victims of the residential school system, outside of City Hall in downtown Calgary, was set on fire at about 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 3.  ( Mark Matulis/CBC - image credit)
A memorial to the victims of the residential school system, outside of City Hall in downtown Calgary, was set on fire at about 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 3. ( Mark Matulis/CBC - image credit)

WARNING: This story contains distressing details.

Calgary police say they are seeking public assistance to help identify a suspect alleged to have set a memorial to residential school victims on fire earlier this month.

Police said that just before 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, city corporate security saw closed-circuit video of a man trying to light the memorial on fire before fleeing the area.

Police and firefighters arrived to find shoes and other objects at the memorial heavily damaged.

"We are very aware of the current tensions in the community around residential schools and the acts of vandalism and arson that have been occurring. We will examine whether there is any connection in this case, but we are asking people in the meantime to be patient while we work to identify the suspect," police said in a previous release.

Calgary Police Service
Calgary Police Service

On Friday, police said they were releasing additional closed-circuit TV images of the suspect in the hopes that the public might recognize the individual.

Police previously described the man in the video as having short hair, wearing a black baseball cap, a black backpack, blue jeans, white-soled shoes and a long-sleeved plaid shirt.

Police are asking anyone with information about the fire to call 403-266-1234 or contact Calgary Crime Stoppers anonymously.

Support is available for anyone affected by their experience at residential schools, and those who are triggered by the latest reports.

A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for survivors and those affected. People can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.

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