The police would like to hear from anyone who in the immediate area where a teen was found Wednesday night. He died in hospital of what is believed to be an overdose. (Shane MacKichan/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

UPDATED: Fundraiser launched for family of teen found dead at skateboard park

Langley RCMP want to hear from people in the area of the Walnut Grove Community Centre Aug. 7.

The Langley RCMP Serious Crimes unit is asking the public to help it create a picture of the hours leading up to the death of a 14-year-old in Walnut Grove Wednesday night.

The boy was pronounced deceased after his arrival at a local hospital by what police now believe to be an overdose.

“It is believed the boy spent his last hours on foot between the Walnut Grove Skateboard Park, the grounds of Walnut Grove Secondary School and the Walnut Grove Athletic Park behind the high school,” said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy.

Langley RCMP Serious Crimes investigators are eager to speak with anyone who may have directly interacted with the boy prior to his death.

“It is possible he was in the various parks as early as noon on Wednesday, Aug. 7,” she said. “Additionally, if anyone has information about sightings of the boy interacting with others during that time, we urge they contact investigators.”

A 24/7 tipline dedicated specifically to this investigation has also been set up for anyone to call with information. The tipline number is 604-532-3398.

The non-emergency phone number for Langley RCMP Detachment is 604-532-3200.

“Please assist investigators to piece together the tragic last hours of this young man’s life,” Largy added.

• Vigil for deceased teen

Update: A gofundme campaign has been launched to help the family and cover funeral costs.

So far, $8,895 of the $20,000 goal was donated by 130 people in 14 hours.

Organizer Julie Nakahara said the teen was “a loving, energetic and happy high school student [who] enjoyed playing hockey, video games and hanging out with friends and family.”

.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: news@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Langley Township businesses will ‘get hit hard’ by break-ins during COVID-19 closures

Store owners are being warned to leave their valuables out of sight from thieves

VIDEO: Feeding front-line medical responders at Langley Memorial Hospital

When a volleyball championship was cancelled, the teams decided to repurpose the registration fees

Smiling 98-year-old inspires new ways to connect at Langley hospital

Foundation staff liaise between patients and loved-ones who can’t visit due to restrictions

VIDEO: Sirens show support for Langley Memorial Hospital staff

Friday drive-past the latest in a province-wide campaign to boost morale at B.C. medical facilities

LETTER: Are Langley’s wildlife following #StayAtHome and self-isolation?

Advance Times reader Albert van der Heide discovered this ‘locked door’ in the Blaauw Eco Forest

Blue ribbons popping up along streets in Abbotsford in praise of B.C. healthcare workers

Healthcare worker’s family starts local trend of morale support

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

Earth Hour 2020 kicks off online Saturday night

Action moves online due to COVID-19

B.C. COVID-19 cases rise 92 to 884, one more death, 81 in care

Outbreak action underway in 12 long-term care homes

B.C. veterinarians want to smooth the fur of COVID-19-worried pet owners

Vets expect to continue giving your fur buddies the help they need while social distancing

B.C. VIEWS: Small businesses need our help

Just as integral in neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Surrey as they are in Prince George or Kelowna

‘Tremendous’ response from blood donors has supply keeping pace with demand

About 400,000 of Canada’s 37 million residents give blood on a regular basis

Most Read