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Randy Janzen Facebook post an apparent confession of killing wife, daughter, sister

‘Over the past 10 days I have done some of the worst things I could have ever imagined a person doing’

A community in British Columbia is reeling after several members of one family have been discovered dead and an apparent confession from the killer appeared on Facebook.

On Randy Janzen’s Facebook page, a post states that he killed his 19-year-old daughter, Emily, his wife, Laurel, and his sister, Shelly.

“Now my family is pain free and in heaven,” the post states.

The post says that he killed his daughter to relieve her of the migraines and depression that had been plaguing her since elementary school.

Randy Janzen

A Facebook picture appears to show Randy Janzen with his daughter, Emily. (Randy Janzen/Facebook)

He then killed his wife, Laurel, the post says, because “a mother should never have [to] hear the news her baby has died,” and his sister, Shelly, “because I did not want her to have to live with this shame.”

The CBC cannot confirm that Janzen actually wrote the post. He has not responded to attempts to reach him today.

On Friday, the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts posted a message to its Facebook page, remembering former student Emily Janzen. “She will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to all her family and friends.”

Speaking to media Friday, homicide investigators confirmed that several bodies, believed to be members of the same family, had been discovered in two separate residences on Thursday — one in Langley, and one in the Rosedale Popkum area east of Chilliwack — following information from social media that had been shared with them.

Police said one of the bodies was believed to be that of the suspect, but would not confirm the number of dead nor the identities of any of those involved.

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According to a post on Randy Janzen’s Facebook page, Laurel Janzen (left) and Emily Janzen have been killed. (Facebook/Randy Janzen)

CBC News has discovered that an R. and L. Janzen are listed as living at 10003 Llanberis Way, one of the residences under investigation.

Neighbour Linda Anderson said she had never seen so many police in one spot.

“There were two smoke bombs,” she told CBC News. “One upstairs window and one through the living room window. I guess the drapes caught on fire and it was just a matter of minutes before the whole place went up.”

In Langley, neighbours of the house being investigated by the forensics team told CBC News that a woman named Shelly, who delivered newspapers and kept to herself, was the resident.

Read the full Facebook post on Randy Janzen’s page

Randy Janzen facebook confession

A post on Randy Janzen’s Facebook page says that he killed his daughter to relieve her of migraines and depression that had been plaguing her since elementary school.

UPDATE: Triple murder and suicide ended in Chilliwack, one body found in Langley

IHIT spokesperson Sgt. Stephanie Ashton speaks to the media outside the Popkum residence Friday where a multiple homicide ended with a fire on Thursday. - Paul J. Henderson

IHIT spokesperson Sgt. Stephanie Ashton speaks to the media outside the Popkum residence Friday where a multiple homicide ended with a fire on Thursday.
— Image Credit: Paul J. Henderson

The man apparently behind a triple murder of his daughter, wife and sister may have been inside a suburban Popkum home razed to the ground by fire Thursday evening.

A chilling online post by Llanberis Way resident Randy Janzen outlines how he shot his daughter Emily, his wife Laurel Sinclair and his sister.

On Friday, numerous Facebook tributes were posted out for Emily who was well-known in the local music and theatre community.

The incident began shortly after 4:30 p.m. when neighbours say a number of officers showed up followed by the arrival of the RCMP’s Emergency Response Team (ERT), which including an armoured vehicle.

Lynda Anderson lives across the street from the home and said she heard a noise, went outside and saw five police cars.

“Then the SWAT team came in with assault rifles and they barricaded themselves next door,” Anderson told the Times. “They had bull horns and kept yelling at him to come out.”

A source told the Times, something confirmed by Anderson, the man inside who lived in the home was Randy Janzen.

Anderson said she heard five “pop pop” noises and then later the ERT members shot two smoke bombs, in through an upstairs window and one through the living room window.

Soon after that a fire started and the blaze gutted the home.

Anderson was told to leave around 7:30 p.m. by police but by 10:15 p.m. they said it was OK to return.

“The fire, it was huge,” she said.

While there was likely no direct threat, concern crossed Anderson’s mind over the fact that the home at 10003 Llanberis Way is directly next to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline right-of-way.

“You just don’t know,” she said. “That goes through somebody’s mind.”

The RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) held a press conference on the scene Friday afternoon, but few details were confirmed. What did emerge is that the first body was found in Langley. IHIT spokesperson Sgt. Stephanie Ashton told reporters that just after 3 p.m. May 7, Langley RMCP received a tip through social media that indicated a man had harmed his family members.

As a result of this information, Ashton said a deceased individual was discovered in a Langley residence. Further information on social media led police to the scene at Llanberis Way Thursday evening.

“This investigation is extremely complex involving two crime scenes and potentially multiple victims,” Ashton said. “At this time, IHIT believes that this incident is not random and the suspect and victims were related to each other.”

Ashton would not confirm any other details, including the Langley location where a body was found, the names of the victims or the perpetrator, or even how many bodies were found in the Popkum residence.

Tributes to Emily Janzen were posted on her Facebook page Friday, many from those in the local arts community. Over the years, Emily’s name and photo graced the arts pages of the Times numerous times, most recently when she won outstanding supporting actress for the role of Greta in Chilliwack School of Performing Arts show Leave of Absence at the Fraser Valley Zone Festival last spring.

According to the disturbing online confession (see below for full version) accessed by The Province newspaper, Randy was tormented by his daughter’s severe migraines, something she has suffered with since elementary school.

As recently as April 22, Laurel Sinclair Janzen posted information from a migraine support group on her Facebook page.

The Chilliwack School of Performing Arts posted a tribute on its Facebook page Friday morning.

“She will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to all her family and friends,” it said.

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