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Heartbroken family of Langley teen who died from suspected overdose grateful donations pouring in

Last Updated Aug 13, 2019 at 2:58 pm PDT

This photo, of Carson Crimeni, was posted by GoFundMe organizer Julie Nakahara on the fundraising website. (Source: GoFundMe/Julie Nakahara)
Summary

Darrel Crimeni says the global support for his grandson and the family has been a huge help

Carson Crimeni died in hospital after an apparent drug overdose at Walnut Grove skate park in Langley

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family

LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) — An outpouring of global support is helping the heartbroken family of a boy who died from a suspected drug overdose in Langley cope with the loss.

Since losing 14-year-old Carson Crimeni on Aug. 7, his grandfather Darrel says donations have been coming in from as far away as Japan and Nova Scotia.

“It has been a God-send. It’s going to be a huge help to the family, a huge help. You know, I recognize a few names, but I would say 99 per cent of them are complete strangers. A lot of them are anonymous. It does help. It takes the train of thought away from tragic and horror to something a little more positive.”

He adds his family is overwhelmed by all the disturbing rumours they’ve heard since Carson was video-taped using drugs at the Walnut Grove skate park.

“Settle down and don’t take justice into your own hands,” he says. “I don’t know these boys. Everybody knows who did it. Even the principal of the school knows who did it. We’ve just got to calm down.”

Crimeni says several stories have surfaced about what happened to his grandson after he spent time with some older teens accused of leaving him alone when he was in distress.

“You know, it’s all hearsay right now, but I’ve heard they’ve raided homes and confiscated cell phones. So much information coming in. I keep saying we’ve got to do what we need to do for Carson right now,” he says. “Our family would like for the community to calm down and not try to take matters into their own hands, do things that pull the police away from Carson’s investigation.”

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Crimeni tells NEWS 1130 the family’s now awaiting the results of the autopsy.

“We expect to get a verbal report within the next couple days. The written coroner’s report takes weeks.”

Mounties in Langley say they’ve interviewed several potential witnesses, but no arrests have been made.

Over $28,000 has already been raised by a GoFundMe page set up in honour of Carson.