A church service in memory of Lin Jun, alleged victim of Luka Rocco Magnotta, at the Chinese Alliance church in Montreal, Saturday 21 July 2012.
Credits: JOEL LEMAY/QMI AGENCY
"We came here to bring comfort to the family and friends of Jun Lin, and to bring peace to this city after this tragedy," Rev. Philip Cherng said in Mandarin to the packed Montreal Chinese Alliance Church.
The 33-year-old Chinese computer science student was killed and dismembered in late May, the crime allegedly videotaped and posted online. Lin's torso was found in a suitcase behind a Montreal apartment building and his head was recovered from a Montreal park. His hands and feet were mailed to political parties in Ottawa and two B.C. schools.
His mother, Zhi Gui Du, spoke about her heartbreak over her son she loved very much.
"I am going through so much pain, he left so quickly. I cried so much I have no more strength," she said before bursting into tears.
Most of the mourners who crowded into the church were of Chinese origin, but local Montrealers who did not know the victim showed up as well to support Lin's family.
"I came out of compassion for the family. What happened to them is terrible," said a woman in her 50's, who declined to give her name.
The ceremony took place in Mandarin, but French and English translators were there to interpret most of the ceremony.
Lin is to be buried July 26 in Montreal.
Part-time porn actor and model Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, faces several charges including first-degree murder and committing an indignity to a human body in Lin's death. He was extradited from Germany back to Canada last month after an international manhunt. Magnotta will return to court for a preliminary hearing in March.