The family of a Chinese student murdered and dismembered in Montreal called their loss "devastating" on Tuesday and urged the extradition of suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta, now in a German jail, as soon as possible.
Magnotta, dubbed the "Canadian Psycho," allegedly stabbed Lin Jun with ice-pick, carved up his body and filmed the grisly act to post on the Internet, before sending body parts to federal political parties and schools.
The heinous crime garnered global media attention and sparked a 10-day international manhunt for Magnotta, who fled to France then Germany where he was arrested in a cyber cafe last week.
"It is our wish to take this opportunity to turn a devastating situation into something positive that brings the goodness and peace back to our society," the family said in a statement released Tuesday by Concordia University, where 33-year-old Lin was studying engineering and computer science.
The university has set up a fund to help the family with expenses and provide an award in his memory for Chinese students.
"We are calling for the extradition of the murderer suspect back to Canada as soon as possible in order to bring justice and peace to our family, the Chinese community and the whole society," the family went on to say.
The family -- who arrived in Montreal a week ago to meet with police, university staff and Chinese consular officials -- drew a poignant picture of their son, who "trusted people with a positive approach to life."
"Jun Lin was our beloved son," they said.
"As the only son in the family, he was our pride and hope. Jun Lin believed in Buddhism. He was very kind and always enjoyed helping others. To his parents, he was a loving and considerate son. To his sister, he was a big brother who was always there for her."
The family said teachers described him as an excellent student, and his boss at a convenience store said he was a model employee.
Authorities here indicated that Magnotta, who is believed to have had a sexual relationship with Lin at one time, is expected to be extradited later this month.
The family expressed their gratitude to Chinese and Canadian governments, the Montreal police, Concordia University and the Chinese community as well as "many other kind-hearted people for their goodwill and humanitarian support for us during this exceptionally difficult time."
[Luka Rocco Magnotta, the porn actor dubbed the "Canadian Psycho" after allegedly murdering and dismembering his lover Lin Jun. AFP Photo]