Ontario grandfather dies after ‘interaction’ with Peel police, province launches inquest

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Published July 5, 2024 at 2:58 pm

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A jury will hear details of what led to the death of an Ontario grandfather described as “one of a kind” by family members.

The province announced on Friday that an inquest into the death of Pedro Rego is being launched.

The 44-year-old died on Oct. 31, 2017, following what the province is calling “an interaction with officers from Peel Regional Police.”

Also known as Pete or “Popz” by his family, Rego was a father of 10 and grandfather of four, according to an online fundraiser that started after his death.

“There are no words to explain the pain it left in our hearts, everyone who knew Peter a.k.a POPZ loved and respected him. He was one of a kind,” the GoFundMe page reads.

The fundraiser had collected over $4,600 of a $25,000 goal as of June 5.

Regional Supervising Coroner Dr. Kenneth Peckham announced the inquest, which will examine the circumstances surrounding Rego’s death.

Depending on the outcome, the province says the jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing further deaths.

The province has yet to set a date for the inquest but says more updates will be provided.

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