Times Colonist

Murder suspect widely admired by Highlands colleagues, friends

- KATIE DeROSA

Neighbours, friends and colleagues of Ken Brothersto­n are still trying to piece together how a councillor, longtime community member and family man came to be charged with first-degree murder.

Brothersto­n, a councillor from the rural municipali­ty of Highlands, has been charged in connection with the death of 33-year-old Keith William Taylor, whose body was dropped off at the West Shore RCMP headquarte­rs in Langford Friday night.

People who know Brothersto­n said they are shocked.

Al Pellett, who grew up with Brothersto­n and lives on the same street as the family on Munns Road, said there weren’t many kids around the secluded, wooded area and that Brothersto­n was “kind of like the younger brother [to me].”

“He was a first-class, upstanding guy,” Pellet said.

The Brothersto­ns are a wellknown fixture in the Highlands area, their roots dating back 66 years. Several family members own more than 100 acres of land around Munns Road.

Brothersto­n and his wife, Marie, live in a modest green bungalow, where yesterday, multi-coloured Christmas lights were still strung on the roof and a toddler’s stroller was on the front porch. A couple who identified themselves as relatives drove up to the house and went inside, but would not comment on the situation.

The couple has two sons, Kenneth and Gregory, and a daughter.

Brothersto­n owned a logging company, Brothersto­n Logging Co. Ltd., which did some work for the Bear Mountain Resort in 2001.

Several neighbours said the Brothersto­ns are a private family who keep to themselves.

Len Tolson, who lives across the road from the family’s sprawling property, said he followed Brothersto­n’s work on council and thought he was doing a good job. “I always had fine feelings toward Ken and what he’s done on council.”

Brothersto­n has served on Highlands council since 2002. Marie served alongside her husband from 2002 to 2005.

As a councillor, Brothersto­n pushed for industrial and commercial growth in the southwest Highlands, including his support for the controvers­ial Bear Mountain residentia­l developmen­t.

Coun. Andrew Fall said Brothersto­n cares about the community and is always friendly and good-natured. Fall said he still can’t believe the charges facing his colleague.

“It’s just hard to wrap my mind around it,” he said. “He was always kind of a gentle giant kind of guy.”

Brothersto­n is to remain in custody until a June 12 court appearance.

 ??  ?? Ken Brothersto­n has served on Highlands council since 2002.
Ken Brothersto­n has served on Highlands council since 2002.

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