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Published on Jun 5, 2012

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The day before Eric Clinton Newman - Luka Magnotta - was captured on the run in Berlin, the parents of the man he's accused of killing and dismembering were applying for visas to travel to Canada to bring Jun Lin's remains back home. It's been a while since either of them had seen Lin, who moved to Canada last year. And it's been longer since the divorced parents have seen each other, according to friends and neighbours in Lin's old neighbourhood, where he was remembered this week as a hard-working, quiet man who was good to his parents and made few enemies.

Lin's parents, both railway workers, divorced when he was young and Lin grew up living with his mother in Wuchang in China's Hubei Province, while his father moved to Changsha, in China's southern Hunan Province. Lin was remembered by former neighbours as a slight, shy and very academic boy growing up, who used to accompany his mother, Du Gui, to the local railway company where she worked as an electrician. One time, his mother almost lost her hands in an electrical accident and Lin, who was standing nearby, also suffered scars on his left hand.

While his mother and younger sister did not want to talk to media, Lin's sister would only say her mother "is crushed. "I hope media outlets don't disturb her and let her have a peaceful time," she said. His uncle said Lin never stayed out of touch with family for long, even after he moved to Beijing for work.

"He would abandon anything for his parents," his uncle Du Jianguo said this week. "He made sure his parents had a good life. Although he worked in Beijing and only came back home once a year during the spring festival, he'd mail home presents all the time."Two years ago, he brought all the relatives to Beijing and had a great vacation there."

Lin moved to Beijing after graduating from Wuhan University, majoring in computer sciences."He worked there for four to five years and had a good salary there," said a man named Zhang, who said he was an former neighbour.

Lin also moved to Shanghai for a spell, but friends started losing touch with him when he applied for an overseas education visa in 2009 to continue his education in Montreal. An old friend named Qin said he kept in regular contact with Lin, who would tell him that he sometimes felt bored and depressed in Canada.

On the popular Chinese social networking site Weibo, friends posted their condolences and memories. "We can't believe it's true," wrote Zhang Chaoyi, a friend of Lin's from his days in Beijing. "You're such a nice and kind person. You shouldn't leave us this way. We all miss you greatly, for the time we played cards and having meals out. We'll remember you forever."

The last time he updated his account was May 16, days before a new boyfriend he was seeing -- after ending a relationship with Magnotta -- reported him as missing.


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