VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Family and friends are heartbroken and horrified as more social media posts made on the night a 14-year-old died at a suburban skatepark come to light.
Carson Crimeni passed away Wednesday night after paramedics attended the Walnut Grove Skate Park. On Thursday, Mounties confirmed his death was likely due to a drug overdose.
NEWS 1130 has been sent a video that has been circulating on social media which appears to show Crimeni at the skate park on the night he died.
A separate screenshot of a post from Snapchat that same night has the caption “Carson almost died tonight lol.”
People have been dropping off flowers, candles and teddy bears. Messages sprayed on the asphalt include tip line support numbers to call for help. pic.twitter.com/hkRjaoRdW3
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The choppy footage shows Carson in a grey hoodie and track pants. The crowd of young people with him can be heard laughing and loud music plays in the background. As the video progresses, his condition deteriorates.
His movements are twitchy. He crosses and uncrosses his arms, puts his hood up and pulls it down. He rubs his nose and bugs out his eyes. He has difficulty speaking and near the end he can be seen sprawled on his stomach on one of the concrete fixtures at the skate park.
The social media posts are fueling speculation that witnesses had an opportunity to intervene to help Carson.
Aron Crimeni says if his son was abandoned while he was in distress, he hopes those who did so will be held accountable.
“Even just the smallest thought that a call to 911 a couple hours earlier could have changed the whole story is devastating, it really is.”
Selina Bailey says she has known Carson since he was in Grade 4 and was shocked when someone called her Thursday morning to tell her he died from an overdose.
She says she doesn’t understand why anyone would make or share this video. She hasn’t seen it herself but has heard rumours that there is video of Carson’s final moments.
“He’s just some smiley kid, never did anyone wrong. I don’t know why they’d do it to him, just to make him entertainment for them,” she says.
Bailey doesn’t think her friend was forced to ingest illicit drugs, but she does think he was taken advantage of.
“He is that kid that will do anything to make someone laugh or to get your respect, and they knew that.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family pay for funeral costs. It says: “It is heartbreaking to learn that Carson may have been visibly suffering while people taunted, filmed and photographed him–instead of calling for help.”
Langley RCMP Serious Crime Investigators have set up a tip line for youth overdoses in Walnut Grove and are looking to speak with anyone who had direct a interaction with Crimeni before his death.