Waylon Blood was born and raised in southern Alberta. His brother Kyle said that is where his roots always were and his family wants to bring him home.

“He’s a member of the Blood Tribe, the largest reserve in Canada, so traditionally speaking, we wanted to have him brought home to the traditional lands of the Blackfoot,” Kyle said.

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Waylon passed away last week while living in Tucson, Arizona. He had been working at a pharmaceutical company there for roughly six years. He contracted COVID-19 shortly after Christmas.

“He did everything you can to combat COVID-19, just following all the protocols that were set aside,” his brother said.

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Waylon’s condition quickly declined.

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“He was admitted into to the St. Joseph Hospital down there in Tucson and unfortunately he lost his battle,” Kyle said. “He just went from bad to worse.”

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The Blood family now has the difficult and costly task of bringing Waylon back to his final resting place in southern Alberta.

“Unfortunately, the cost that comes with moving a body is going to cost us $7,000 and that’s in U.S. funds,” he said.

Community support has been strong from the Blood Tribe. Waylon was a former Blood Tribe Police Service dispatcher and well known on the reserve.

A number of fundraisers have been set up to help cover costs, like a 50-50 draw and e-transfer donations to the family or to Cornerstone Funeral Home.


Kyle Blood

“Going through the loss of a loved one, it plays a toll, it has its stresses, and also the stress of trying to bring our brother home because we would love him home to rest in peace,” Kyle said.

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He added the support from friends and family has been overwhelming and has helped during this tragic time.

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