Memorial for Langley teen who died of an overdose unveiled

Teen's memorial unveiled

Dozens of people came out to the Langley sports complex Friday to see a new memorial jersey honouring a teen who died from an apparent overdose last summer.

CTV News reports Carson Crimeni's jersey was hung at the arena where he had played hockey with the Langley Eagles, before his death on Aug. 7, 2019 of an apparent overdose. He was just 14 years old.

Crimeni was found that night in severe medical stress at the Walnut Grove Skate Park after someone reported a social media post to police, which appeared to show the boy in trouble.

Multiple videos circulating on social media appeared to show Crimeni overdosing, while those behind the camera stood by and taunted him.

Two officers responded to the area but were unable to find the boy. He was found by a group of teenagers nearly two hours later, barely breathing, but he did not survive.

Crimeni's family believes that peer pressure was responsible for the death. The message “Play and be kind,” is written on the new memorial.

“If it helps one family talks to their kids, (or) kids talk to kids about the dangers of bullying, certainly the dangers of drugs, I think it’s worth it, “ Darrel Crimeni, Carson’s Grandfather, told CTV News.

The rink was packed Friday for the unveiling of the memorial.

“To see that many people turn out for Carson and to see this happen today, it took my breath away. It was really emotional,” Chris Crowell, whose son played hockey with Crimeni for years, told CTV News.

Aaron Crimeni, Carson's father, says police have forwarded their investigation to Crown counsel, which will then decide whether or not to pursue charges in the teen's death.

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