Graffiti on the skate park surface reads “Carson” and “RIP.” (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

A Halloween memorial for B.C. teen who died of apparent drug overdose

Grandfather of Langley’s Carson Crimeni called pumpkins a ‘perfect’ tribute

A row of carved Halloween pumpkins has been set up in the skateboard park at Walnut Grove Community Park in memory of Carson Crimeni, the teen who died after he was found unconscious in the Langley park.

Surrounded by tea light candles, the array of 19 pumpkins included one with the initials “C.C.” and a heart.

They were arranged just above some graffiti on the skate park concrete surface that read “Carson” and “RIP”

Carson’s grandfather, Darrel Crimeni, called it a “perfect” tribute.

“It warms my heart to see it,” Darrel told the Langley Advance Times.

“Carson loved Halloween. He would wear the scariest costumes.”

He didn’t know who was responsible for the memorial, but said a friend told him they saw “six or eight” people working on it just before the weekend.

It is the second memorial to go up at the park.

After Carson’s death was reported, hundreds of bouquets of flowers lined the rim of the skate park, along with stuffed animals, tea light candles, cards, and messages of support written in chalk on the concrete.

It remained up until September, when it was taken down with the family’s consent.

A Langley dad who organized a campaign to have the park renamed in memory of Carson said the new tribute is more evidence of support for a memorial.

“I think the community really feels strongly,” commented Geoff McNeill, who has presented a petition to Langley Township council.

“I don’t think this is going away,” McNeill added.

READ MORE: Memorial to Carson Crimeni to stay in place through to September

Carson was found in severe medical distress on Aug. 7 by police who tried to revive him while waiting for paramedics to arrive. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Video clips posted to social media show the Langley teen barely able to stand or speak while people can be heard laughing.

READ MORE: VIDEO: Grandfather speaks out about teen who died after overdosing in Langley park

READ MORE: Carson: A Langley teen’s death on social media

READ MORE: Social media posts about Carson Crimeni could hamper investigation, police warn

His father Aron said he has been told an autopsy found no injuries or health problems that would account for the 14-year-old Langley teen’s death.

The Independent Investigations Office is looking into police actions on the night of Carson’s death, after the first police officers to respond to a 911 call, sparked by social media posts failed to find the boy.

He was found about an hour and a half to two hours later after a second call.



dan.ferguson@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

A row of Halloween pumpkins in the skateboard park at Walnut Grove Community Park in memory of Carson Crimeni. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Just Posted

Oak Bay ranked second-least dangerous community in Canada

Alberni the most dangerous, Parksville shows biggest increase in the Crime Severity Index

Island students return from Hong Kong amidst growing tension

All eight University of Victoria exchange students have returned to Canada

Vancouver Island crash involving seniors underscores pedestrian safety issues

Sunday’s collision includes many of the main factors in crashes involving pedestrians

New gay pub to open in Victoria in the new year

The Vicious Poodle will be relaxed setting and host drag shows as well

COLUMN: We shouldn’t apologize for wanting a politically correct world

Our actions and words have consequences, and there is a lot of value in pointing that out

Fashion Fridays: Holiday outfits on a budget

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Eagles congregate around Salish Sea for one last feast before period of famine

Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society preparing to receive birds in need of care

Smudging in B.C. classroom did not affect Christian family’s faith, says school district lawyer

Lawyers make closing arguments in a Port Alberni case about the Indigenous cultural practice

Canadian Forces member charged with possessing magic mushrooms in Comox

Master Cpl. Joshua Alexander, with the 407 Maritime Patrol Squadron, facing two drug related charges

BC Hydro plans emergency power outage in Ucluelet on Friday

The outage is not expected to impact Tofino or the Ucluelet First Nation community of Hitacu.

Most B.C. residents, including those hit by 2018 storms, not prepared for outages: report

Create an emergency kit, BC Hydro says, and report all outages or downed lines

Study finds microplastics in all remote Arctic beluga whales tested

Lead author Rhiannon Moore says she wasn’t expecting to see so many microplastics so far north

Services needed in B.C. for early-onset Alzheimer’s disease patients: doctor, advocates

More patients are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at an earlier age

British Columbians pay more for goods and services than most other Canadians

Year-to-year inflation rate up 2.2 per cent in October second-highest rate in Canada

Most Read