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An RCMP officer in Prince Albert, Sask., has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Braden Herman, a 26-year-old man from Clearwater River Dene Nation, 600 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon. Bernie Herman, 53, was charged Wednesday and is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Prince Albert Thursday at 10 a.m. CT. The Mountie has served on the force for 32 years. He and Braden Herman are not related but knew each other. Friends had previously confirmed to CBC News that Braden was the man whose body was found in a wooded area in Prince Albert Tuesday night. Family members have also posted messages on social media in memory of him. Braden, who lived in Prince Albert, is being remembered as a kindhearted person who was devoted to his loved ones. “He’s friendly,” said long-time friend Rena Lemaigre. “He’s a nice person. He’s not the type of guy who would fight.” She said Braden had lived with the RCMP officer and his family in Prince Albert but that the two — who come from the same Dene community in northern Saskatchewan — had a falling out and their relationship had been tense ever since. Lemaigre said the officer would call Braden repeatedly, so much so that, she said, she considered it “harassment.”

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