Precious backpack returned to student's bereaved family

Jonathan Langille.

Jonathan Langille.

Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Family of a man who died at an LRT station last week are taking some solace in the return of his backpack, which had been stolen at the scene.

Jonathan Langille, 19, died after jumping in front of the southbound train at the Coliseum LRT station last Wednesday.

His mother, Jan Thorpe, is heartbroken but pleaded for the return of his backpack, which was taken by a woman at the scene who witnessed his death. The backpack contained many of Langille’s precious items, including books and his journal.

Police, who had video surveillance of the scene and were trying to track the woman down, now say the backpack was returned to Langille’s family Tuesday night.

The person who was in possession of the backpack — believed to be connected to the woman who stole it — made arrangements directly with the family to return the property, after seeing the coverage of the story in the media and on social media.

Police say the investigation is now closed.

Langille’s mom said he was bullied for epilepsy. He often wore a top-hat, dress shoes, dress shirt and coat, “always looking dapper,” added his mom. He had been taking psychology with a minor in drama, speaking about his masters. He joined the Elks at age 15 to help people and had previously counselled others out of suicide.


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