'Get away with murder': 2 years later, Willy Pepion's homicide is still unsolved

Wilma Fleury wipes off a tear as she remembers and honors the life of her son Willy Pepion at her home in Browning on Aug. 10. Pepion, 22, died on May 10, 2022 — Mother’s Day — while in custody of the Blackfeet tribal jail after getting arrested by Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services for disorderly conduct for being involved in a fight at a party near Browning.

Antonio Ibarra

BROWNING — Last February, Wilma Fleury drove to the Bureau of Indian Affairs office on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation for what she expected would be an update on her son’s murder case.

She hoped the FBI officers would tell her that they had arrested suspects. She envisioned them giving her long-awaited answers. It had been more than a year since her son Willy Pepion, 22, died while in custody of the Blackfeet tribal jail. The coroner classified his death as a homicide.

“What was the status of the investigation? What work had they done since?” Fleury wanted to know. She needed to know.

Since her son had died, even the smallest tasks felt insurmountable

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