Carson Crimeni’s sister Bella Griffiths wiped away tears after speaking at Carson’s celebration of life on Thursday. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Langley Advance Times)

Year in Review: Carson Crimeni’s tragic death and community’s response most impactful story of 2019

The investigation into the teen’s death is expected to continue into 2020

The family of Carson Crimeni is waiting at the end of 2019 – waiting to hear if there are criminal charges laid in the young boy’s death, and waiting to find out what legacy he will have in Langley.

On Aug. 7, 14-year-old Carson Crimeni was found in severe medical distress near a park and sports fields adjacent to Walnut Grove Secondary and the Walnut Grove Recreation Centre.

Despite attempts by police, firefighters, and BC Ambulance paramedics to save him, he died later that night in hospital.

It is thought that a drug overdose killed Carson. Public outrage was sparked by the fact that videos posted online earlier that day.

The disturbing video clips show the teen barely able to stand or speak at the Walnut Grove skate park that evening.

Several of the videos show Carson consuming drugs, encouraged by others.

Vancouver criminal lawyer Kyla Lee told the Langley Advance Times in August that those encouraging Carson to consume the drugs could face charges.

“I see people who are exposing themselves to charges of criminal negligence causing death,” Lee said.

“He didn’t even know his own name,” Lee said. “It’s absolutely shocking.”

Although the Advance Times has not identified any of the people involved, the videos circulated widely, and some online messages made direct threats against the people thought to be behind the videos.

Fury at the older teens and demands for justice have been common on social media. An online petition calling for Justice for Carson Crimeni has more than 57,000 signatures.

The Langley RCMP is investigating, but no charges have been laid yet.

Police spoke to a large number of people, according to Carson’s grandfather, Darrel Crimeni. There were 140 interviews done by police, and up to 30 young people were thought to be at the skate park during the time the videos were made.

“Which was rather depressing,” Darrell noted.

Anger turned to public mourning in memorials to Carson, including a massive collection of flowers and stuffed animals laid out at the skate park after the teen’s death. Messages were written in chalk and spray painted on the park’s concrete paths and in the ramps.

At his funeral in late August, it was Carson’s sense of humour and infectious energy that was mentioned by almost every speaker.

“He wanted nothing more than to be a good friend to people, and to have that friendship returned,” said Carson’s dad, Aron Crimeni.

He loved hockey and video games, wanted to be a veterinarian when he grew up, and cooked elaborate meals for his father and other family members.

Although Carson’s death was public, it’s uncertain how many people might be charged, or with what crimes.

Some more information about the case has been released as the year has moved on, including a report by the Independent Investigations Office, which looks into all deaths related to the RCMP in B.C.

The IIO report found that the first officers who attempted to find Carson at the skate park at 8:25 p.m. had not been negligent. They had spent about 20 minutes searching the area and speaking to people in search of the boy after a 9-1-1 call related to the earliest posted videos online.

Unfortunatley, the report noted, the first officers had no way of knowing their information was hours out of date, and that Carson had left the area of the skate park.

As the family waits for more official action, memorials continue.

One of Carson’s hockey jerseys is being mounted at the Walnut Grove Sportsplex by Langley Minor Hockey, said Darrell.

He’s also hoping that the skate park will be re-named after his grandson in the new year.

Carson CrimeniLangleyYear in Review

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


Walnut Grove skate park became a temporary memorial to Carson Crimeni after the teen died. Now. a local dad would like to make that permanent by renaming having the park. (File)

Hundreds gathered for a vigil at the Walnut Grove Community Park on Aug. 4, 2019, for Carson Crimeni, 14, who died of an apparent overdose. (Shane McKichan/Special to Black Press Media)

Just Posted

LETTER: Langley woman shocked by abuse of ‘My Mr. Rogers’ – Dr. Bonnie

Public workers and front line staff are working to protect and help everyone

New Langley digs facilitate 500 virus tests a day

Fraser Health expands COVID-19 testing and collection in Langley with move to Kwantlen university

Volunteers needed to help make Aldergrove shine

Business association will host downtown clean up day and will survey owners and residents on Oct. 3

WEATHER: Strong winds, heavy rainfall and risk of a thunderstorm forecasted for Langley

Special weather statement is in effect for Metro Vancouver, including Langley

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

First 8 months of fatal overdoses in B.C. have now exceeded 2019 death toll

Nine people died every two days in August, BC Coroners Service data shows

Liberal effort to reset policy agenda panned by rivals as too much talk, not action

Trudeau said it’s ‘all too likely’ families won’t be able to gather for Thanksgiving next month

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

‘Show us the money’ for cannabis, local governments tell B.C.

Municipal tax, transit revenues falling as costs rise

Young man assaulted, left for 12 hours until help called in Vancouver’s Strathcona Park

Vancouver police are looking to identify the victim as they investigate an assault on Monday evening

Boulders near Harrison vandalized with derogatory word

Vandalism likely occured between Sunday evening and Tuesday evening

Most Read