The family of Jun Lin, a Concordia student who was murdered and dismembered between May 24 and 25, wants to remain in Canada until the conclusion of the murder trial, according to CBC News. The family came from China when Montreal police confirmed Lin’s death.
The alleged killer, Luka Magnotta, was arrested in Germany and is currently awaiting trial in Quebec. Pretrial motions aren’t scheduled to begin until next March.
Xixi Li, the director of Montreal’s Chinese Family Services, said the family, who does not speak English or French, has received several housing offers already. A Buddhist temple and church have offered to house the couple, and a local lawyer has offered them an apartment. Ideally the couple wants to stay near the Chinatown district.
Zhigui Du and her husband Diran Lin found out about their son’s death when a relative called and told them to go online where information about the murder had been posted.
In an interview that aired on The National, Zhigui Du told CBC’s Mark Kelley,
“We still believe that most people here are very kind, but this heinous crime happened in Canada. It’s made me reconsider what kind of place this is.”
Luka Magnotta, who is the only suspect in the case, was reported to be in a relationship with Jun Lin. Magnotta pleaded not guilty to five charges, and is scheduled to appear in court January 9th of next year.
Du said she doesn’t believe her son was in a relationship with Magnotta, but the trial will likely confirm whether he and Jun Lin were dating or not.