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Bodies found after dad posts on Facebook how he killed family to 'end pain'

Published 09/05/2015 | 12:16

Randy Janzen and his family, wife Laurel and daughter Emily Credit: Facebook
Randy Janzen and his family, wife Laurel and daughter Emily Credit: Facebook
Janzen claimed to have killed his daughter Emily to 'end her pain' Credit: Facebook

Canadian police are investigating an apparent triple murder-suicide after a man posted on Facebook that he had murdered his daughter, wife and sister, before killing himself in a house fire.

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In a chilling confession posted online, Randy Janzen admitted to killing his 19-year-old daughter Emily because of her struggle with depression.

"I could not see my little girl hurt for one more second,” he wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

"Emily had tried everything to get better but nothing seemed to help her. I took a gun and shot her in the head… [she’s] floating in the clouds on a sunny afternoon now, her long beautiful brown hair flowing in the breeze, a true angel.”

Mother Laurel with daughter Emily Credit: Facebook
Mother Laurel with daughter Emily Credit: Facebook

In the post, which was made around noon, Janzen said that he then killed his wife Laurel because "a mother should never have to hear the news her baby has died," and his sister Shelly, so she would not be shamed by his actions.

“I shot Laurel because a mother should never have [to] hear the news her baby has died. Then a couple of days later my sister Shelly because I did not want her to have to live with this shame I have caused all alone. Now my family is pain free (sic) and in heaven," he wrote.   

Janzen expressed his "great remorse" on Facebook, explaining that he could no longer accept his daughter having to "stop almost everything" due to the migraines".

An aspiring actress, the 19-year-old had been forced to skip university for the last two years.

He added: "I have done some of the worst things I could have ever imagined a person doing. First, to do with my dear, sweet, loving daughter Emily.

"The best little girl two parents could ever hope for... Emily excelled at so many things but slowly had to stop almost everything because of the migraines. I don't think anyone really knew how much pain Emily was in on a daily basis and the severe depression that these migraines caused her.

Randy Janzen's Facebook post admitting to killing his family
Randy Janzen's Facebook post admitting to killing his family

"Emily had tried everything to get better but nothing seemed to help her. I took a gun and shot her in the head and now she is migraine free and floating in the clouds on a sunny afternoon."

Several hours after the Facebook posting, police found one of the victims in a house in Langley in British Columbia, before arriving at another residence in nearby Llanberis Way, where Janzen had barricaded himself in.

Officers were involved in a four-hour standoff at the residence before the home caught fire.

Neighbours in Chilliwack, close to Llanberis Way, reported up to five gunshots during the incident, as well as what they described as “explosions.”

At a press conference Friday, a police spokesperson said it was believed that “several members of one family, including the suspect, are deceased."

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