The family remembers the victims, Jun Lin and the others who have fallen to serial killers and rapists. What about the rest of us? The headlines, most of them, trumpet the name of the killer, not his victim. It’s the Magnotta case, not the Jun Lin case, the Russell Williams, not Jessica Lloyd. The names of the victims, their stories are a temporary aspect of the news, not the news.
This time, I want to remember Jun Lin, a son and a brother, whose joyful face suggested the hope with which he came from China to study here. I’ll try to forget his killer, under either of his names, and the revolting pictures of himself he plastered over the internet.
Jun Lin and his family deserve our memories.