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Too early to decide on public inquest into B.C. family deaths: Coroners Service

Emily Janzen poses in this undated handout photo from Kim Mallory Studios. A spokeswoman for British Columbia's Coroners Service says it's too early to say whether a public inquest will be held into the death of a father who appears to have confessed on Facebook to killing his daughter, wife and sister.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Kim Mallory Studios
May 11, 2015 - 8:27 AM

VANCOUVER - A spokeswoman for British Columbia's Coroners Service says it's too early to say whether a public inquest will be held into the death of a father who appears to have confessed on Facebook to killing his daughter, wife and sister.

Barb McClintock says the investigation into reports of multiple killings in two homes east of Vancouver is still in its preliminary stage.

Randy Janzen is suspected of taking his own life after killing his family, including his 19-year-old daughter Emily.

Emily's friends say the talented singer had aspirations to become an opera star but was held back by excruciating migraines that plagued her since elementary school.

A public inquest is a formal court proceeding with a five-person jury that looks into the facts surrounding an unnatural death.

The chief coroner has the power to hold an inquest if she believes it would be of benefit to the public and would prevent similar deaths in the future.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2015
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