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Silent vigil held Thursday night for victim in body parts slaying

June 14, 2012 - 10:05 PM

TORONTO - People held candles and lit incense in a Montreal park Thursday night to remember the victim in the notorious body-parts killing.

About 100 people gathered for a silent vigil to honour the memory of Jun Lin, the Chinese student whose slaying has sparked international headlines.

A small shrine was set up during the vigil, with candles lining one of the park's flower beds.

Lin's torso was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a Montreal apartment building on May 29, the same day a hand and a foot were sent to political parties in Ottawa.

A week later, a hand and foot were sent to two Vancouver schools and DNA tests have confirmed that all the body parts belong to Lin.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, a porn actor and escort, is awaiting extradition from Germany on charges of first-degree murder in Lin's death.

Magnotta was arrested in a Berlin Internet cafe last week after an international manhunt.

Lin's grieving parents, sister and uncle arrived in Montreal on June 5 to settle his affairs.

They released a letter to the public through Concordia University, where Lin,33, studied engineering and computer science, expressing their gratitude for the support they have received.

A fund was set up to pay their expenses while they're in Canada and the university has named an award after Lin to be given to a deserving student.

Lin's family described him in their letter as their "pride and hope" and asked that he be remembered for "his kindness, diligence and love for life."

They also called for Magnotta's extradition to Canada "to bring justice and peace to our family, the Chinese community and the whole society."

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
The Canadian Press

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