Church congregants remember Shelly Janzen

VANCOUVER — It was a solemn Sunday service at a church in Langley. Over a 100 congregants remembered Shelly Janzen, one of four people to die in an apparent murder-suicide.

On May 7 police were alerted that an Agassiz man had allegedly harmed his family.

A Facebook post appearing to be by a man named Randy Janzen talks about his daughter Emily suffering from migraines and depression. He wrote he could not see her in pain anymore. The post then states Randy killed his daughter Emily, his wife, Laurel, and his sister, Shelly. He’s suspected of subsequently taking his own life. Police have not released any names.

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“I could not imagine that anyone would do harm to such a gentle, gracious, kind, servant-oriented person,” said Reverend Philip Wheaton at the service on Sunday.

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“It’s been a very heavy few days; I felt at times like I’d been punched in the gut,” Shelly’s friend Catherine Kidd told Global News.

In the Facebook post, Randy wrote he killed Shelly so she would not have to live with the shame.

“I accidentally stumbled on the report on Facebook and I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it,” says Shelly’s friend, Joan Gauve.

Shelly is being remembered by friends as a caring woman, who loved animals and taught Sunday school.

A spokeswoman for British Columbia’s Coroners Services says it’s too early to say whether a public inquest will be held into the death of the suspected killer. The investigation is still in its preliminary stage, according to Barb McClintock.

With files from Jeremy Hunka and The Canadian Press.