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Funeral held for dismemberment victim

July 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM   |   Comments

MONTREAL, July 26 (UPI) -- The parents of a Chinese university student murdered and dismembered in Montreal in late May held a funeral for his cremated remains Thursday.

A Catholic priest conducted the 20-minute service for Jun Lin at a funeral home, the QMI Agency reported.

About 60 people attended, although Lin's mother, Zhi Gui Du, was overcome with grief and remained in a side room. The 33-year-old's father, Diran Lin, clung to the wooden box of remains and wept for more than two minutes, the report said.

The Concordia University student was killed in an apartment sometime during the last week of May, investigators said.

His head, arms and legs were cut off and his torso was found in a suitcase beside a pile of trash on a sidewalk. Two Canadian political parties in Ottawa and two schools in Vancouver received parcels in the mail containing Lin's hands and feet.

His head was found in a Montreal park July 4.

Soon after the investigation began, police named Luka Magnotta, a gay actor and dancer, as the principal suspect.

He was captured without incident in a Berlin Internet cafe last month when he was recognized by a man who had been following the manhunt in international media.

Magnotta, who turned 30 Tuesday in his solitary confinement cell, has pleaded innocent to a raft of charges, including first-degree murder.

He is scheduled for a preliminary court hearing in March.

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