Jun Lin, the victim of a brutal murder in Montreal, was his family's "pride and hope." The family has called for a swift extradition of the alleged murderer, Luka Magnotta, back to Canada.
In a touching letter posted on Concordia University's website, Lin's parents thanked the Chinese and Canadian governments, Montreal police, Concordia University, the Chinese community in Montreal, and "many other kind-hearted people for their goodwill and humanitarian support ... at this exceptionally difficult time."
"Jun Lin was our beloved son.... he was our pride and hope. Jun Lin believed in Buddhism. He was very kind and always enjoyed helping others. To his parents, he was a loving and considerate son. To his sister, he was a big brother who was always there for her. The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University told us he was an excellent student. His employer at the convenience store he worked at called him a model employee. His friends said he was optimistic, ambitious, and open minded. He always trusted people with a positive approach to life," said the letter.
"This tragic loss is not only a devastating attack to our family, but also has had a tremendous impact on the whole society. Love and trust must be rebuilt."
Concordia University and the people of Montreal have helped bring a positive light to this unfortunate situation. The university has gone to great efforts to remind people that Lin's death was a human tragedy. University officials and members of the Chinese students' association have created a fund to help Lin's family with travel expenses, along with an award in Lin's memory, to acknowledge outstanding students at Concordia. "This award perfectly reflects Jun Lin's compassionate spirit," said the family.
"It is our wish to take this opportunity to turn a devastating situation into something positive that brings the goodness and peace back to society. To commemorate Jun Lin, please let us remember his kindness, diligence and love for life."
The letter calls for Magnotta's swift extradition from Germany, "in order to bring justice and peace to our family, the Chinese community and the whole society."