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article imageJun Lin family overcome by emotion on visit to Montreal

By Sherene Chen-See     Jun 6, 2012 in Crime
Jun Lin's family arrived in Montreal Tuesday night to speak with police and Concordia University officials. Lin's mother was overcome by emotion as she sobbed in mourning for her son, a Concordia student allegedly slain by Luka Magnotta.
She cried uncontrollably and struggled to stay on her feet, said Concordia Chinese students' association leader, Yan Shi.
As reported by Metro News:
“It’s heartbreaking,” [said Shi].
“Lin’s mother was very emotional. She was crying all the time. It’s really terrible just being there. We didn’t understand a word she was saying, she was crying a lot.
“She could barely walk. We had to help her.”
He said he was only able to make out a short, single phrase: “‘We come to take you home now.’”
Lin's parents, sister and uncle are now in Montreal. The family has not yet decided whether they will be speaking to the media. Montreal police have indicated they will do their best to shield the family from unwanted media attention.
The Chinese consulate in Montreal has received many phone calls from the community, offering to help the Lin family, says spokesman Zheng Xu. There are various community efforts being organized to help raise money for the family.
People wishing to donate to the Concordia University Chinese Students Association's Jun Lin Rest in Peace Foundation may do so at any RBC branch.
UPDATE June 10: Donations may be made directly to Concordia University, which will use the funds to cover the Lin family's travel expenses and an award in Lin's honour.
Concordia University is considering holding a memorial service for Lin, if the family so wishes.
Numerous messages of condolence have been posted on Lin's Weibo account, a popular Chinese social networking site. He is remembered as a kind, reliable man who was looking for love.
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