VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Julie Raymond lost her daughter in 2008 and evidence at the ensuing criminal trial convinced her that her daughter may still be alive if someone had intervened and called 911.
‘Three digits could have saved my daughter’s life,’ she says.
Shannon Raymond was 16 when she died of a drug overdose at a home in Maple Ridge after a night aboard a party bus. One person was charged with failing to provide the necessities of life as a result.
“There were over 30 people that interacted with Shannon that night. The people that testified at her trial knew how sick she was and they did nothing,” Raymond says. “They saw her health deteriorating. They turned a blind eye to my daughter and my daughter is dead.”
No one was ever convicted of a crime in relation to Shannon’s death.
Video circulating and rumours swirling around Crason Crimeni’s death from an apparent drug overdose suggest that witnesses abandoned the teen when he was in distress.
“Every time something like this happens, it just brings back the emotions so raw and right to the surface,” she says through tears.
Raymond admires Carson’s father Aron for speaking publicly in the days after his son’s death.
“As painful as it is for him to watch those final minutes of his son’s death he has done so much to create awareness of bystander syndrome–where people just watch people suffering and do nothing,” she says. “My daughter’s death is a result of that and his son’s death is too.”
Lawyer Paul Doroshenko says in Carson’s case, the filming itself is not a crime. But if the people who made the video are identified criminal charges could be laid, like they were in Shannon’s case.
“You really enter the situation of a criminal negligence causing death investigation when you see that there’s wanton disregard for the well-being of the individual, and there’s somebody there giving him these drugs,” he says.
The sentence for the crime would depend on whether the people charged are charged as adults or as youth, but prison time is possible.
-With files from Isabelle Raghem