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Jun Lin's family releases statement

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Victim described as gentle, upbeat
UPDATE, JUNE 12 -- XTRA STAFF: The family of Lin Jun released a statement through Concordia University on June 11.

The family describes the murder of Jun as "devastating," and calls for the extradition of Luka Magnotta to Canada. 

To read the full release click here. 

UPDATE, JUNE 2, 6:32PM -- XTRA STAFF:
The man wanted in the killling of Lin Jun was reportedly spotted Thursday, May 31, in a Paris bar.

UPDATE, JUNE 2, 5:30AM -- XTRA STAFF: Lin Jun first visited Canada in 2010 before coming to Montreal to live in July 2011. He westernized his name to Justin Lin – only coincidentally similar to the name of the reporter on this story, Justin Ling.

According to media reports, none of Lin's friends know how he met the man wanted in his murder, Luka Magnotta, though there is some speculation the two connected on Craigslist. Friends and co-workers describe Lin as gentle and upbeat. They say he was looking for love.

He landed a part-time job as a convenience store cashier in Pointe-St-Charles and enrolled in French classes and a computer science program at Concordia University, specializing in gaming.

A video was uploaded to YouTube on May 31 that bears the hallmarks of others made by Magnotta. "I think Luka is being framed by the insane agent that he fired -- who has been stalking him for years," the caption reads in part.








Magnotta was interviewed by the Naked News in this video uploaded June 2. It was shot in January 2007.



UPDATE, JUNE 1, 10:30AM -- XTRA STAFF:
  Montreal police report at a press conference this morning that the murder of Lin Jun happened the evening between May 24 and 25. The suspect, Luka Magnotta, then fled on May 26 from Montreal’s Dorval airport on a flight reportedly – from other news sources, unconfirmed by Montreal police – bound for Paris. Police say Magnotta has at least three identities and may have returned subsequently to Canada under a different identity but that he could be anywhere. They say he may be travelling in disguise.

Police say that Lin was last seen on May 24 and that he was reported missing by a friend on May 29. The first body parts were discovered in Montreal on May 29.
 
Police are pursuing charges of first degree murder and contempt of court against Magnotta in connection with the case. UPDATE, JUNE 2: Police are pursuing five charges against Magnotta: first-degree murder, indignities to a body, publishing and mailing obscene matter, and harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other MPs.
 
UPDATE, MAY 31, 7:30AM -- XTRA STAFF:  Police report that the victim in the Luka Magnotta murder case is 33-year-old Lin Jun. Lin was a student at Montreal's Concordia University who arrived in July from China. Nina Arsenault tells the Toronto Star she dated Magnotta 10 years ago. Arsenault was one of the judges on Season 3 of CoverGuy. See video below.

UPDATE, MAY 31, 1:32PM -- XTRA STAFF: Police say they believe Magnotta may have fled to Europe. Interpol has added him to its wanted persons list.

UPDATE, MAY 30, 10:30PM -- XTRA STAFF:
CTV News reports that a note accompanied the human foot delivered to Conservative Party headquarters yesterday. It indicated that a total of six body parts had been distributed and that the killer intended to strike again.

BY JUSTIN LING MAY 30, 9:30 PM -- The increasingly bizarre story of Luka Rocco Magnotta continued to unwind today. Questions swirled yesterday as a senior-level Conservative Party staffer opened a suspicious package that contained a human foot. A hand was later found in a Canada Post warehouse, bound for the Liberal Party headquarters.
 
Because of Magnotta’s massive online presence, details are emerging of the man who allegedly dumped the decapitated and dismembered corpse in a Montreal garbage pile.
 
The events that led to this grisly scene appear to have taken place in a small apartment in Montreal’s west end. Magnotta supposedly captured the whole thing on tape, which hit the internet on May 25. The video has been dubbed "1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick." In the video, someone of Magnotta’s likeness is seen stabbing a man with an icepick before dismembering the body and performing sexual acts on it.
 
Magnotta is now wanted by Montreal police. Seemingly in anticipation of the manhunt, Magnotta penned an article in 2009 entitled "How to Completely Disappear and Never Be Found." The article details a complex ruse to avoid detection. If Magnotta is following his own directions, he is currently en route to another province.
 
Magnotta had previously worked as an erotic dancer and a porn actor, having starred in more than a dozen gay and straight films, including one appearance on the low-budget website StreetBait.com. The website has yet to reply to a request for comment. He also appeared as a fab boy in at least two issues of Xtra's Toronto sister publication fab magazine.
 
According to a Wikipedia article that has since been deleted, Magnotta worked briefly at Remingtons, a Toronto strip club. Staff there, however, say they’ve never seen him before. The article also says Magnotta was a contestant on Canadian reality-TV show Cover Guy, which airs on OUTtv. The station has yet to confirm that Magnotta was ever on the show.

UPDATE MAY 31, 10:17AM -- Video from Cover Guy, supplied by Giant Productions:
 


THIS VIDEO ADDED JUN 2:
END UPDATE
 
While it’s nearly impossible to confirm that all Magnotta’s social media profiles are legitimate, one Twitter account that appears to be Magnotta’s contains links to white supremacy groups, including Stormfront and the Ku Klux Klan. Magnotta posted a link to one Facebook group that aims to “stop the new fascism of multiculturalism.” Worth noting is that Magnotta’s alleged victim was Asian.
 
Magnotta’s largest source of infamy before this week came from a series of videos posted in the last two years that purportedly show Magnotta murdering kittens in especially brutal ways. While some have contended that it was not Magnotta in the videos, a large community of animal rights activists came together to try to find him.
 
The writing that was supposedly penned by Magnotta offers an eerie foreshadowing to this week’s events. On a Blogspot site called Necrophilia Serial Killer Luka Magnotta, the writer recounts finding the mummified corpse of a young boy, who he proceeds to fall in love with. “I don't have a problem attracting living men. I'm just naturally attracted to the dead,” he explains.
 
Following that is the text of an academic paper on the morals of necrophilia and the rights of a corpse, written by Sara McKern, an American philosophy major.
 
On his website, Magnotta lamented that few of the sites that have popped up with his name on them are actually his or authored by him. ONEsite contains multiple pictures of Magnotta and several essays on the nature of homosexuality -- one in Russian and the other in Arabic. Neither appear to have been written by Magnotta.
 
Some writing that does appear to have been penned by Magnotta was published on the website Orato. In one, he discusses his conversion to Scientology. In the other, he analyzes the theories aroundshadow people.” He wrote consistently for the site throughout 2007.
 
In Magnotta’s online footprint, there are countless carbon-copy Facebook pages that contain several images of Magnotta and dozens of posts by animal rights activists. He also has three Google Plus accounts and one on BeforeLastCall, a social media site for clubgoers. There are also dozens of video clips, some featuring pictures of Magnotta set to music. One contains various paintings depicting acts of cannibalism set to an ominous score.
 
Magnotta goes by multiple aliases, including Eric Clinton Newman -- his birth name -- and Vladimir Romanov. He was born in Russia but later moved to Toronto and spent some time in Miami, Los Angeles and Montreal. UPDATE - Magnotta was born in Scarborough as Eric Clinton Newman, not, as he asserts, in Russia.
 
In 2007, Magnotta wrote in AssociatedContent that he was undergoing massive cosmetic surgery to make himself resemble James Dean. He later admitted that he was a plastic surgeryaddict and acknowledged emotional issues and drug use. Both articles have been taken offline. In another article, Magnotta writes of his struggles with mental illness, admitting that he is manic depressive.
 
The deleted Wikipedia article, which may well have been written by Magnotta himself, reads, “All Eric's ‘friends’ and ‘family’ betrayed him he says and were using him only for his money and this gave Eric a dark disposition on life.
 
All this stress made Eric spirl [sic] downwards and he became diagnosed with depresion [sic]. Eric never wanted to be like his father, who was addicted his whole life to prescription drugs.”
 
Magnotta was also involved with serial killer Karla Homolka, say police, even though he denied it in 2007.

UPDATE MAY 31, 9:30AM -- The video below, which surfaced today, includes news footage of convicted serial killer Karla Homolka. The clip, which went online last October, also includes images of Magnotta that have appeared on his websites. New images in the video, however, appear to show Homolka and Magnotta together, something he flatly denied. The identities of the other men in the video are unclear so far. The video seems to be consistent with something Magnotta may have edited and posted himself.



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Comments

Shame on you, XTRA
It's repulsive the Ed hasn't removed the link to the Puka murder video. Call a spade a spade... It's not a comment, it's promoting someone's horrible last moments in their demise and Lin and his family deserve better, especially from the gay community. I ask the editor, this could be your lover, or you, and this is how you would want to be remembered? By taking the stand of keeping it up "as a comment" which it's not, you are no better than other websites promoting a video with criminal and morally objectionable content.

So do you want to stay in the gutter with other websites promoting the murder of a man, or take the high road out of respect of Lin... a living breathing person who once had hopes and dreams.

Make the right choice.
They're Not Even Able To Survive
Horrified, i'm afraid the side note you point out is totally incorrect. The sicko killer had left for Paris on May 26th before indentified by Canadian police on May 29th. Therefore there is no chance anyone putting the blame on Canadian police on this matter.
To Zurich, i have to say i'm quite in favour of your idea.
It is not quite easy for Chinese uncloseted gay people to lead a comfortable life as other people do, for the prejudice on homosexuals throughout the history. Perhaps it's the pressure here that led to his choice to studying abroad. I really wish he could eventually find his love and achieve his goal, whatever. However, now i only wish people who leave their home to chase their dreams could survive.
Rest in peace, Lin Jun.
Sociopaths are unfortunately tolerated in society
The victim looked so much better than the deranged murderer :(
Rest In Peace Lin
I am extremely disturbed by this case. That poor man experienced something no living human should ever have to experience. What a terrible way to go. My condolences for Lin's family and friends and may we hope this sicko is caught swiftly and justice served. As a side note, I'm amazed that this guy was able to get out of the country despite the fact that he had been identified days before he left, but the police didn't believe the lawyer from the US. And in an unrelated case, the shooter at the Eaton Centre was able to get away, in the middle of the busiest urban mall in the country, with cameras and police everywhere!? This is embarrassing for Canadian law enforcement.


RIP Lin.
Memories of Lin (cont'd)
(cont'd)

The last time I saw him in Beijing, he was with a very tall and muscular guy shopping in a supermarket. We were never close friends so we just nodded at each other without even speaking a word. I didn’t expect the last time I heard about him, he already met his end in this way.”


Some final words: the Globe and Mail’s Mark Mackinnon in his disgraceful profile (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/the-many-sides-of-montreal-murder-victim-lin-jun/article4226195/) – the article was originally entitled “Victim’s Darker Side” – projects his own idea of “darkness” on Lin and in fact the gay men in general. Gay people should do better by withholding biases and by treating individuals as individuals.
Memories of Lin
RE: d_n_r, Edmonton Alberta

Lin was not a closeted gay man. He had been openly gay for a long time (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/the-many-sides-of-montreal-murder-victim-lin-jun/article4226195/). I don’t know if he “fantasize Caucasian males” or not, but he had been dating guys in China for years. According to one of his acquaintances, Lin even brought one of them, a bisexual med student, back home to have dinner with his mother (http://shehui.daqi.com/article/3305748.html). Most likely you don't read Chinese, so I would like to offer a very brief and edited translation of the blog entry written by his friend:

“My first acquaintance with Lin occurred 14 years ago when both of us were college students in Wuhan. My first impression was that he was very thin with big eyes and naughty lips and liked to blink when speaking – but he rarely spoke because he was shy. My friend who brought him to my place was in love with him and asked me “if Lin is cute” … they sticked together all the time and gradually I saw less both of them.

But this friend did tell me more about Lin later. Lin’s parents were both factory workers with very limited income. He was often beat up as a child … By the time he was in college, Lin fell in love with a newly-graduate med student who rented a room in the vicinity of the campus. Lin moved out his dorm and stayed there. But his lover was a bisexual and had a girlfriend whom he intended to marry – he treated Lin purely as a sexual partner. Nevertheless, Lin loved him very much and even brought him home to his mother. His lover, of course, left him for the girl eventually. Lin was very depressed for a long time, but this was almost the norm for the comrades [the Chinese expression for gay men].

I saw Lin again many years later in Beijing when I was introduced by a friend to join a local swimming team. I met him there and was surprised by his chiselled body – he also dressed up like your typical gay jock.

The last time I
the Bad-Puppy turned out to be a Psychotic Puppy
I could not watch the interview of the 18 year old Eric Newman/Magnotta for longer than a few minutes. The interviewer was very clever and briought out of Magnotta every sad prostitute cliche ever lived by any prostitute. Was there no one who could have redirected him at that time? Was everyone interested in him only as a piece of meat? Or is his eventual psychopathic murder totally innately/genetically motivated? Nature/nurture? Well the Bad-Puppy turned out to be really bad --a Psychotic-Puppy. No doubt, some Hetero will make money off Magnotta as well in a feature film similar to the Homophobic film “Cruising” which made profits from depicting Gays as low-life loveless perverts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruising_(film)
Hook Up Gone Horribly Wrong
This is a tragic case of a "hookup gone horribly wrong"! According to the unfolding story, Lin is thought to be a closeted gay man who happened to seek for friends, sexual and/or romantic encounter online through on-line gay dating sites. It is very typical for many of the gay Asian males fantasize for Caucasian males, and I believe Lin was mainly seeking for Caucasian friends online by claiming on his profile: "looking for Caucasian" for fun and/or long term relationship or "attracted to white only" or somewhere along that line. Ultimately, Magnotta saw Lin as his vulnerable target when his sicko moments turned on, and eventually has lead to Magnotta’s psychopathic motives to Lin’s body. As the story unfolds, it is highly and unlikely Magnotta and Lin are "Lovers" as stories claimed Magnotta has the inclination of white supremacy ideology. If this were true, Magnotta would strictly dates guys of his own race. Lin happened to be the prey of Magnotta, and Magnotta’s killing fantasy. Lin’s hook up with Magnotta happened at a very wrong time. Lin would imagine himself his romantic encounter with Magnotta could eventually lead to a long term romantic relationship. Instead, the naive side of Lin would never have thought this hook up could cause him his life. The gruesome video of Magnotta's showed Lin was completely naked lying in Magnotta's bed at the beginning. He was seen comfortable being blind-folded with his arms and legs loosely tided up by rope suggested Lin's openly submitted himself to kinky foreplay prior Lin's death.
Trick Boyz - familiar?
We have all met this kind of lad have we not? I'm so sorry that a lonely few ESL immigrants had not and didn't have the street smarts to steer clear. security of hopes and dreams / where sex might buy you some time / a direction in this complexity / from the underground that  you left behind / you say not to hold you closer / just a defence to push you away / i reach for you in the morning / you're twitchin itchin trying to get away - trick Boyz Stephen Emery 1989 http://www.myspace.com/music/player?sid=55926866&ac=now track 7
Ed's note
Hi Randy, the link has been inactive for some time now.

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