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Concordia raises $70K for Jun Lin Family Fund

07/20/2012 01:13 EDT | Updated 09/19/2012 05:12 EDT
Concordia University has announced it has raised $70,000 for the Jun Lin Family Fund.

Lin was the 33-year-old Concordia student who was killed and dismembered sometime between May 24 and May 25.

Concordia University set up the Jun Lin Family Fund in early June to help cover costs for Lin's family during their stay in Montreal.

The money raised by the university, along with the $24,000 accrued by the Chinese Students Association adds up to $70,000.

Sixty-thousand dollars will go directly toward supporting the Lin family and $10,000 will be used to set up a scholarship in Lin's name.

The Jun Lin Award will offer financial help to Chinese students studying at Concordia.

This morning, a statement from Concordia said Lin's family appreciates the many expressions of support in their son's name.

Montrealers step out to help

Montrealers are stepping forward to help the family of slain Concordia student Jun Lin stay in Canada to attend the trial of their only son's alleged killer.

Lin's parents arrived in Montreal from China shortly after Montreal police confirmed his death.

The only suspect in the case, Luka Magnotta, was arrested in Germany and is currently awaiting trial in Quebec.

Lin's parents say they would like to remain here until the trial's conclusion. Pretrial motions are scheduled to begin next March.

Offers of housing

Xixi Li of Montreal's Chinese Family Services, a group that has been helping the family, said the Lins have already received an offer of an apartment from a local lawyer. A church and a Buddhist temple have also offered to host the couple.

Li says the family is still considering the offers.

She says Lin's parents, who don't speak English or French, would ideally like to stay near the Chinatown district, where it would be easier for them to communicate and find Chinese groceries.

Lin's grief-stricken mother and father, Zhigui Du and Diran Lin, described their heartbreak at the loss of their only son to CBC's Mark Kelley in an interview that aired on The National.

Lin's mother, Zhigui Du, said days and weeks that have passed since they learned of their son's death through media reports have left her feeling like the "walking dead."

The sheer horror of their son's brutal slaying has made the couple question their view of Canada — the one reinforced by Lin, who had assured his parents over and over that the country, and Montreal, were very safe places to live.

The Lins said they've been treated with kindness, however, by the Canadian government and were moved by the support that has come from Montrealers.

"We received so much sympathy from many people," Zhigui Du said.

Public memorial service

"We are deeply touched by all the support and help. We still believe that most people here are very kind."

A private memorial service was held for Lin, who was studying computer engineering at Concordia, at the school's Loyola campus in June.

On Saturday, a public memorial for Lin will be held at the Montreal Chinese Alliance Church in Hampstead.

The service, which starts at 10 a.m., will be held in English and Mandarin.

Lin's family is expected to attend the service.

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