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Support shown for slain teen

Since reading the story about the short life and tragic death of Justin Vasey, readers have called in to donate money for a proper gravestone for the 14-year-old at the Boundary Bay Cemetery. - Evan Seal file photo
Since reading the story about the short life and tragic death of Justin Vasey, readers have called in to donate money for a proper gravestone for the 14-year-old at the Boundary Bay Cemetery.
— image credit: Evan Seal file photo

There has been an outpouring of support from the community for the late Justin Vasey, a Surrey teen who was murdered in 2008 and buried in Tsawwassen without a proper headstone.

A story in the Leader about Vasey ('A lamb among wolves'), a 14-year-old in foster care, chronicled the youngster's unfortunate friendship with peers who murdered him at an abandoned Surrey house.

Three teens were charged with second-degree murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter. Cody Pelletier, then 20, was charged with manslaughter and pleaded guilty.

Vasey's grave at the Boundary Bay Cemetery is marked with a foot-long metal stake and a small nameplate which has a simple plastic label bearing his name.

Several offers to help pay for a proper headstone to be installed have been emailed to the Leader.

Corporation of Delta officials have offered to set up an account in trust for those wanting to donate funds.

Cheques can be mailed to The Corporation of Delta at 4500 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Delta, BC Canada, V4K 3E2. Donors can make it out to the Corporation of Delta and mark it with the Justin Vasey headstone fund.

If you prefer to drop off a cheque they can be delivered to the corporation's finance department at the above address.

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