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Preliminary inquiry wraps up in Montreal
The mother of slain Chinese student Jun Lin says that 10 months after her son’s killing she no longer has the will to live.
The 33-year-old Lin was killed and dismembered last May in Montreal in a case that made headlines around the world.
Lin’s family met with journalists Tuesday as the preliminary hearing for his accused killer — Luka Rocco Magnotta — is on a break at the city’s courthouse.
They wanted to honour Lin’s memory ahead of the Qingming festival, a traditional Chinese date for families to commemorate ancestors and the deceased.
Speaking through an interpreter, Lin’s emotional mother, Zhigui Du, said she still struggles daily with the loss of her son.
“She said that before, she was full of hope for life… (She now has) no interest to live in this world,” said the interpreter as she translated for Du, who broke down in tears a couple of times while talking about Lin.
Luka Rocco Magnotta was editors’ top choice
The selection of Luka Rocco Magnotta as Canada’s 2012 Newsmaker of the Year lit up the country’s social media and news web sites on Sunday with a cyclone of outrage and condemnation.
The alleged killer, who now sits in a Montreal detention centre as his case goes through the legal process, was the subject of a global manhunt last spring after a Chinese engineering student was killed, his body cut up and remains mailed to four different locations in Ottawa and British Columbia.
The event, including Magnotta’s capture last June at a Berlin internet cafe, was splashed across newspaper front pages and Web sites all over the world.
Magnotta was chosen in the annual poll of the country’s newsrooms by The Canadian Press.
Maple Batalia, 20 years of txts & another fraternity offends
1. Two men have been arrested in connection with last year’s shooting death of 19-year-old Simon Fraser University student and aspiring actress Maple Batalia. Gurjinder Dhaliwal, Batalia’s ex boyfriend, faces first degree murder charges. More here.
2. Iman Siwalem was in the basement of her house near the University of Windsor on Saturday when she heard the footsteps of an intruder above. She locked herself in her basement room, but the man barged in, lunged and chased her up the stairs. She fled in bare feet and got her neighbours’ attention. More here.
3. It was 20 years ago today that the world’s first text message—Merry Christmas—travelled from a computer to a phone. Its inventor, Neil Papworth, was a 22-year-old Montreal man working for British telecom company Vodafone. To read more about how texts changed the world, see Maclean’s.
“To his parents, he was a loving and considerate son.”
The family of Jun Lin, a Concordia University student and alleged murder victim of Luka Rocco Magnotta, has released this statement:
As Jun Lin’s family, we would first like to express our deepest appreciation to different levels of both the Chinese and Canadian governments, the related embassies and consulates, the Montreal police, Concordia University, the Chinese community and many other kind-hearted people for their good will and humanitarian support for us at this exceptionally difficult time. Through the kindness of many people, we were able to arrive in Montreal at the earliest possible time.
Luka Rocco Magnotta arrested in Berlin, Germany
Update (11:00 a.m. EST): Police in Berlin, Germany have arrested Magnotta.
With an international manhunt underway for Luka Rocca Magnotta, the weekend papers worked overtime to fill in details surrounding the case of the fugitive who police allege is responsible for the heinous killing and dismemberment of Lin Jun, a foreign student in Montreal.
Here is just some of what journalists have turned up:
- 1. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has talked to Chinese officials about the case. “I just spoke to China’s ambassador to Canada to convey my deep condolences on the senseless killing of Chinese student Jun Lin,” read a message sent Friday through Baird’s Twitter account.2. Lin was in Montreal to attend school, but his real goal was to find love. A three-byline story in the Globe and Mail suggests the Chinese native’s stated ambition was to marry. “He was in computers, and he was looking for love,” a former classmate told the Globe team.
3. Lin’s online presence was complicated. A second Globe story reported from Beijing reports that while the student went to see The Smurfs movie in 3D and liked to post cat photos on social media, his Internet persona also revealed a troubled side. Reports the Globe’s Mark MacKinnon from Beijing: “On Valentine’s Day last year, he posted a computer-altered photograph of himself with wild purple hair and a cracked face that turns grey around a mouth of broken and missing teeth. ‘My self-portrait,’ he wrote beneath the repulsive image.”
4. Lin loved nothing more than to go to dinner with friends. “Korean barbecue was his favourite,” reports Andrew Chung of the Toronto Star. Continue reading Body-parts murder: 10 new things we know
Ximena Osegueda was killed in Mexico December
Police in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico say they’ve arrested three women and two men in connection with the December murder of University of British Columbia doctoral student Ximena Osegueda and her boyfriend Alejandro Santamaria.
Their bodies were found in January on a beach in the town of Huatulco with their throats slashed. The gruesome scene was replayed in a computerized reenactment released by Attorney-General Manuel de Jesus Lopez on Tuesday.
Police say the motive was theft of Osegueda’s 2012 Chevrolet. They tracked the car through its GPS system to Oaxaca City, 410 km from Huatulco. A butcher shop receipt inside the car pointed them to gang members, they say. Police are searching for three more men. Osegueda, 39, was in Mexico to work on her Hispanic Studies PhD.
Simon Fraser University chemist died in July
A 26-year-old has been arrested by Vancouver Police and charged with the second degree murder of Dr. Melanie O’Neill, a 37-year-old chemistry professor from Simon Fraser University who died on July 22, 2011. The man arrested, Matthew Scott, had an on-and-off relationship with O’Neill, police say. He also had outstanding warrants and previous convictions in Alberta and Ontario for forgery, impaired driving, car theft, and failing to comply with court-ordered conditions, reports The Vancouver Sun.
A coast-to-coast round-up of remembrance
On this date in 1989, a young man named Marc Lepine rounded up women at the Ecole Polytechnique engineering school in Montreal and opened fire, killing 14 females and injuring 14 others before turning the gun on himself. In his suicide note, he blamed women for his problems.
Since 1991, Dec. 6 has been The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Across Quebec today, survivors of the shooting will gather with activists and ask the Quebec government to sue the Canadian government over Bill C-19, which will abolish the long-gun registry and—they say— allow more violence against women to occur.
Here are a few of the ways universities across the country are marking the sombre occasion.