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Funeral underway for 'fun-loving' Langley teen who died of suspected overdose

Last Updated Aug 29, 2019 at 2:20 pm PDT

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

A funeral for 14-year-old Carson Crimeni, who died of a suspected overdose, is being held in Langley on Thursday

Large crowd expected to gather in Langley to mourn, say goodbye to Carson, who's remembered as 'fun-loving jokester'

Counsellors being brought in for students, staff as classes set to begin next week, Langley School District says

LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) – People in Langley will be coming together on Thursday to mourn and say goodbye to a 14-year-old boy whose apparent overdose was filmed and shared on social media three weeks ago.

The celebration of life for Carson Crimeni will take place at Church in the Valley, where the teen will be remembered as a “fun-loving jokester who loved to make everyone laugh.”

Carson would have been starting grade nine next week at Walnut Grove Secondary.

The tragic loss has shaken everyone, according to the Langley School District’s Joanne Abshire.

“Anytime we lose a student in one of our schools, the impact is far reaching,” she explains. “We have students and staff at that school community who are impacted and, really, it’s affecting the whole school district as well as the community.”

She adds counsellors will be on hand for the first few days of school to talk to anyone in need.

“Our priority is to respond to the needs of our staff and students, but we do acknowledge and want to say that our hearts go out to the family as well,” Abshire says, adding teachers are being briefed with whatever information is available from the RCMP.

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She notes a meeting was held a few days after Carson’s death with counsellors and community agencies.

“And we had about a dozen students come in to access the counselling support that was offered, as well as a few parents who came in just to access resources and to talk to community agency partners about talking to your kids about grief as well as substance abuse,” Abshire says.

The school district expects the need for support to be greater once school starts.

Carson’s Aug. 7 death is currently being investigated by both the RCMP and B.C.’s police watchdog.

According to the Independent Investigations Office, Mounties were called to the Walnut Grove Skatepark around 8:00 p.m. the night Carson died by someone who had apparently seen a Snapchat photo of him, and was concerned about his welfare.

The officers reportedly went to the park, were unable to find the teen, and left.

As the investigation continues, Mounties have set up a 24-hour tip line with the hopes that anyone who may have seen Carson in the hours before he died will call in.

Meantime, dozens of flowers still line the skate bowl at the park as part of a memorial for the teen, who had “dreams of becoming a veterinarian or chef,” according to an obituary published by his family last week.

The service is expected to draw a large crowd — the church itself holds over 1,000 people, and each seat is expected to be taken.

-With files from Mike Lloyd and The Canadian Press