Langley RCMP confirms a 14-year-old boy died at a B.C. skatepark due to a possible overdose on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Carson Crimeni was rushed to a local hospital after being found in critical condition near Walnut Grove in Langley but was pronounced dead shortly after.
“We’re in the very early stages of our investigation to determine how, where, when and by what means he came to his death,” said BC Coroners spokesperson Andy Watson to Global News.
Watson said the investigation could take sometime before they can officially determine the cause of the boy's death.
According to Global, Carson's father Aron Crimeni told reporters his son's death a "tragedy." Crimeni continued, “He was a very happy boy. Very happy, very loving, very caring. He was my best friend,”.
The police believe Carson may have spent the last hours of his life walking around the Walnut Grove Skateboard Park, on the Walnut Grove Secondary School grounds and the Walnut Grove Athletic Park behind the High School.
Investigators suspect the boy could have been in the area of the park as early as noon on Aug. 7, prior to his death.
A vigil was held for Carson on Thursday, Aug. 8, in the evening at the Walnut Grove Community Park. Dozens came out to pay their respects.
Family, friends and neighbours placed flowers near the skatepark and shared memories of the young boy who had passed away.
"Carson was a really beautiful kid," said his mother, Chantelle Griffiths to CTV News. "He really was. He was special. He was loving."
The RCMP has not commented on the story yet, and the story will be updated once they do.
Langley RCMP Serious Crimes investigators are asking anyone who may have spoken to the boy or interacted with him prior to his death. They are also asking anyone with information on sightings of the boy to contact the Langley RCMP Detachment at 604-532-3200.