A memorial concert is being held today at a church in Chilliwack for a young opera singer allegedly shot and killed by her father earlier this month.
As many as a thousand people are gathered to celebrate the life of 19-year old Emily Janzen.
As they make their way inside the church, her friends and family are hugging each other and sharing stories about her smile, her spirit and her legacy.
Emily’s body was found by police in her Rosedale home on May 7th.
It’s believed she was shot by her father Randy, who also killed her mother Laurel and aunt Shelly, before taking his own life.
He left a Facebook posting explaining he did it because he couldn’t stand to see Emily suffer from migraines so intense, she had to drop out of university.
Janzen’s friends, Rocky Riobo and Brittany Clough say the memorial is all about the music they loved.
“Today’s memorial is a music memorial, as music was Emily’s life. We have groups from G-W Graham, her high school, Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, the Chilliwack Academy of Music and the Chilliwack Symphony orchestra; basically any music group in Chilliwack. We’re all paying our respects in a language we shared with her, which is music.”
The girls thanked those attending the memorial, and people from across the nation who sent condolences.
Photo of Brittany Clough and Rocky Riobo.