Grieving Alberta family upset after accused murderer gets bail

WATCH: Frustration and disbelief for a grieving family as an Alberta man charged with first degree murder was granted bail. The mother of Kristian Ayoungman is speaking out after learning one of the men accused of taking her son's life is out of jail. Jill Croteau reports.

Melodie Ayoungman is frustrated and is in disbelief after one of the men charged in connection with her son’s murder is out on bail.

Kristian Ayoungman was a promising young hockey player and respected role model in the Indigenous community. The 24-year-old was shot and killed on March 17 on a rural highway near Strathmore. Two brothers, Kody and Brandon Giffen, have been charged with first-degree murder in his death.

Kody has been released from custody and is now under 24-hour house arrest, Global News has learned.

Southern Alberta hockey community shocked by homicide of young player

“These people took a really good person away from me, from my family, from my siblings, from our community,” Melodie said.

“A lot of people looked up to my boy.”

Siksika First Nation councillor Ruben Breaker said Thursday the community is upset that one of the accused is out on bail.

“We were shocked that someone charged with first-degree murder was granted bail and was able to walk away from the court-house,” Breaker said. “To me, that’s very disappointing in the justice system.”

Kristian’s grieving family is still struggling with the way Ayoungman was taken from them.

“I raised my kids to be proud of who they are and where they come from and you never expect your children to go before you,” Melodie said.

“We are lost and trying to make a life.”

“He’s still my boy and I will always be ‘Mom’ and there for him and do everything I can to let everyone know he is a very good person,” Melodie said.

WATCH: Southern Alberta hockey community mourns shooting death of young player

Kody Giffen was released on a number of conditions. His brother Brandon remains in custody.

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