LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) – Hundreds gathered Thursday night to remember a Langley teen, whose death — after an incident at Walnut Grove Skate Park — is shrouded in questions and rumours.
The 14-year-old passed away on Wednesday after hanging out with friends, who apparently filmed him instead of helping him when he showed signs of trouble.
The group appeared to have been trying drugs before Carson Crimeni’s death. The Langley RCMP confirms the teen was pronounced dead at the hospital, by what’s “believed to be an overdose on narcotics,” however, the B.C. Coroners Service is still investigating.
.@LangleyRCMP confirm a 14-year-old boy who died Wednesday night, is believed to have passed away from a drug overdose.
The teen was pronounced dead at hospital after being transported from the Walnut Grove Skate Park.
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“It is believed the boy spent his last hours on foot between the Walnut Grove Skateboard Park, the grounds of Walnut Grove Secondary School and the Walnut Grove Athletic Park behind the High School,” Mounties said in a release.
They believe it’s possible the teen was in “the various parks” as early as 12:00 p.m. the same day.
“Additionally, if anyone has information about sightings of the boy interacting with others during that time, we urge they contact investigators,” the RCMP said.
Last moments filmed
People in the community say some of Crimeni’s last moments were filmed on Snapchat, something Crimeni’s father, Aron, calls devastating.
“The smallest thought that a call to 9-1-1 a couple of hours earlier could have changed the story,” he said on Thursday.
The sudden loss, he adds, has been unbearable.
“I haven’t even been able to think, I haven’t been able to lie down, I haven’t been able to sit down,” Aaron said through tears. “I just don’t know what to do with myself.”
One family member told NEWS 1130 that Carson was pressured into taking drugs.
Carson Crimeni in his hockey uniform. He was 13-years-old in this photo sent to NEWS 1130 by a member of his family.
Aron says if his son was abandoned while he was in distress, he hopes those who did so will be held accountable.
Meantime, the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is also investigating because police were sent to do a welfare check at the park.
Friends and family are remembering the teen as someone who liked to play video games, cracking jokes, and hang out with friends.
Langley RCMP Serious Crime Investigators have set up a tip line for youth overdoses in Walnut Grove and eagerly want to speak with anyone who had direct interaction with Crimeni before his death.
“It is believed the boy spent his last hours on foot between the Walnut Grove Skateboard Park, the grounds of Walnut Grove Secondary School and the Walnut Grove Athletic Park behind the High School,” according to Langley RCMP.
-With files from Sonia Aslam, Nathan Durec, and Lasia Kretzel