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Randy Janzen triple homicide case: B.C. Coroners service to investigate

05/13/2015 11:50 EDT | Updated 05/13/2016 05:59 EDT
The B.C. Coroners Service will conduct a full investigation into the deaths of three members of the same family.

Police still haven't confirmed the victims of the apparent triple homicide were 19-year-old Emily Janzen, her aunt Shelly and mother Laurel.

A post on Randy Janzen's Facebook page appeared to be a confession that he killed his daughter because she was suffering from migraines and depression.

Emily Janzen was accepted into the opera program at UBC, but she couldn't go because of her terrible headaches.

"She didn't make it a big deal," said Janzen's friend Emily Bleakney.

"She was so strong and so determined to just live life. Even with the chronic pain she was in, not a lot of people actually knew what she was going through. One time I walked by a classroom and she was laying on the couch and holding her head."

The migraines Janzen suffered will be part of the coroner's investigation.

Plans are in the works for a memorial service, but no date has been set.

The Emily Janzen Memorial Bursary

Emily Janzen was a gifted singer and actress who was well known in the Chilliwack theatre community.

A bursary has been set up in her memory to help young people in the Chilliwack area pursue an education in the performing arts.

"She belonged on stage," said Janzen's best friend Rocky Riobo.

"She was just a bright light. Any role she took on. Actually, the last show we were in together was called Leave of Absence. We did it with the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts and she played my mom. It was kind of weird, but the connection we had helped us portray that."

More than $2,300 has already been donated to the bursary.

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