A Canadian community is reeling after a local man appeared to confess on Facebook to killing his family. The saga ended Thursday in a fiery confrontation with police at the man’s home.
“Now my family is pain free and in heaven,” a post to a Facebook page owned by Randy Janzen of British Columbia said, according to CBC News.
The post, seemingly written by Janzen – though that is not confirmed — said he killed his daughter, 19-year-old Emily, to free her from pain and depression over her constant migraines, according to CBC News.
He also said he killed his wife, Laurel, because “a mother should never have [to] hear the news her baby has died,” and his sister, Shelly, “because I did not want her to have to live with this shame,” CBC News reported.
“Over the last 10 days, I have done some of the worst things I could have ever imagined a person doing,” the post said. “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, her long beautiful brown hair glowing in the breeze, a true angel.”
The post ended by saying: “I have great remorse for my actions and feel like the dirt that I am. I am taking full responsibility for my actions of these murders. So sorry to anyone I have hurt. Rest in peace my little family. Love Daddio. Xoxo”
CBC News said it could not confirm that Janzen wrote the posts, but police officials said several bodies, all from the same family, were found at two separate homes Thursday.
Officers descended on the Janzen home Thursday and attempted to confront the man inside, according to the National Post.
Nelly Trouwborst, a neighbor who lives down the block, said she heard police on a megaphone ordering someone to come out with his or her hands up.
“And then they started shooting,” she said. “I don’t know if it was inside or outside.”
Neighbor Linda Anderson told CBC News that after the confrontation, the house was engulfed in flames.
“There were two smoke bombs,” she said. ”One upstairs window and one through the living room window. I guess the drapes caught on fire, and it was just a matter of minutes before the whole place went up.”
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