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Petition demanding justice, accountability in Langley teen's death gathers thousands of signatures

Last Updated Aug 14, 2019 at 6:40 am PDT

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

Online petition calls for justice, accountability as investigation into death of 14-year-old Carson Crimeni continues

No arrests have been made in the week since the 14-year-old Langley boy's death

Carson Crimeni died of a suspected drug overdose on Wednesday, Aug. 7

LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) – As the family of a teen who died of a suspected drug overdose in Langley last week asks the community for calm, more and more people are starting to demand justice.

There have been no arrests in the one week since 14-year-old Carson Crimeni’s death, and an online petition is now gathering thousands of signatures to demand justice and accountability.

In a widely-circulated video shot last week, other teens can be seen taunting and laughing at Carson as his condition appears to deteriorate. It’s those people this petition is aimed at.

The author says it’s obvious that three people were heavily involved in the boy’s death, that they all know right from wrong, and need to be held to account for what happened.

“They pressured him into taking a dangerous amount of drugs because they wanted to see him ‘messed up,'” the petition reads. “They filmed him out of his mind, clearly in need of medical help. They laughed at him. They made fun of him.”

The petition, directed at the Langley RCMP and the Justice Department, adds the people filming the teen used their phones to “belittle” Carson by taking the video and sharing it online.

“Carson is gone now. At the ripe age of 14, he is gone,” the author says. “When we are young, we experiment and do dumb things but we still know right from wrong. This was a form of bullying at its finest. Someone else’s life lost in the hands of others.”

As of Wednesday morning, more than 8,000 signatories appear to agree.

The family, meantime, is not jumping to any conclusion. Carson’s grandfather is appealing for calm as the investigation continues.

Mounties meanwhile have taken around 40 statements, and Carson’s family is expecting to hear about the autopsy results in the coming days.

A crowdfunding effort to cover their funeral costs has collected nearly $30,000 so far.