The following statement from slain Concordia University student Jun Lin's family is a heart-rending testament to the peaceful and loving nature of their only son. Through this statement, they shared with us not only the unspeakable grief associated with losing a loved one in such a tragic manner, but also their sincere hope that this horrendous crime will serve as an important lesson to us all; that "love and trust must be rebuilt."
The Jun Lin Rest in Peace Foundation is now accepting contributions in his memory through the Chinese Consular's website.
The family if Jun Lin has prepared this statement and asked Concordia University to share it with the media.
The family is not ready for media interviews at this point.
Open Statement from Jun Lin's Family
June 11, 2012
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 goodwill 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.
Soon after our arrival in Montreal last Tuesday night, the Chinese Consulate in Montreal helped to arrange a meeting with Montreal police, city government officials, and Concordia University's senior administration. Everyone has showed us great sympathy and compassionate support to help to make things easier for us. We have come to know so many people, such as the police, members of the Chinese Consulate, the university staff, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Concordia University, and Jun Lin's friends who have been working endlessly to help us out. We are deeply touched by the kindness inspired by this human tragedy.
Jun Lin was our beloved son. As the only son in the family, 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 live.
This tragic loss is not only a devastating attack to our family, but has had a tremendous impact on the whole society.
Love and trust must be rebuilt.
We are pleased that Concordia University along with the Concordia Chinese Students and Scholars Association has established Jun Lin awared to assist Chinese students. This award perfectly reflects Jun Lin's compassionate spirit.
We were told that soon after the announcement Concordia also established a special fund to help out our family as well as the Jun Lin award, because so many kind-hearted people have reached out to extend their compassionate support.
We are very grateful and moved by the kindness and sympathy for us.
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.
We are calling for the extradition of the murder suspect back to Canada as soon as possible in order to bring justice and peace to our family, the Chinese community, and the whole society.
To commemorate Jun Lin, please let us remember his kindness, diligence and love for life.