Bereaved family wants student's backpack returned

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Catherine Griwkowsky, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

EDMONTON -- When police knocked on Jan Thorpe's door, she thought it was about the woman who struck her with her car earlier in the day.

Instead, on Wednesday the officer delivered the news her 19-year-old son Jonathan Langille was dead.

Worse, Langille's backpack containing a journal, with all his thoughts, was stolen by a woman who watched Langille die.

"That's all we have of him, other than his books," Thorpe said.

The backpack didn't contain valuables. It had a Celtic knot, his journal and possibly a note, Thorpe believes.

Langille had jumped in front of the southbound train at the Coliseum LRT station.

Police have video, know the woman and are trying to track her down.

After being bullied for epilepsy, Langille wore a tophat, dress shoes, dress shirt and coat, "always looking dapper," which may have lead the woman to believe he had valuables.

The student was taking psychology with a minor in drama, speaking about his masters. He joined the Elks at age 15 to help people and had previously counseled others out of suicide.

"We need that notebook to know what happened," Thorpe said.

Thorpe said she'd like the woman to know if her life is that desperate, the family would help her out, but they just want the backpack.

"We want to know why and we can't have closure," Thorpe said. "We can't have closure. We don't know why this happened. He was planning for his future."

catherine.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca

@SunGriwkowskyC


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