Luka Magnotta was upset his boyfriend had new lover: Source
MONTREAL - Suspected killer Luka Magnotta was upset his boyfriend had ended their relationship and was seeing another man before Jun Lin was slain and dismembered, a source told QMI Agency on Friday.
The victim has been identified as Lin, a Chinese national university student who worked as a part-time cashier at a Montreal convenience store.
Montreal police said Lin was last seen May 24 and was reported missing by a friend on May 29.
That friend, a source told TVA -- QMI's French-language TV network -- was Lin's new lover.
The gruesome killing has triggered a global manhunt for 29-year-old Magnotta, a former porn actor who police said they believe has since fled the country.
Montreal police said Magnotta faces charges of first degree murder, indignity to a human body, as well as producing and distributing obscene materials and criminal harassment of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Police said they believe it was Lin's torso found in a suitcase outside a Montreal apartment last week, and it's likely his hand and foot that were sent to political parties in Ottawa. A DNA test will confirm this, police said.
The 33-year-old victim went to Concordia University's school of engineering and computer science.
Frederick Lowy, Concordia president and vice-chancellor, sent an e-mail about Lin to students and faculty Friday morning.
"I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of student Jun Lin," the e-mail read.
Lin was scheduled to work at the convenience store, Hkk, in Montreal's southend, on Friday.
"When he didn't show up to work on Friday, I assumed he forgot that his schedule changed," store owner Kankan Huang said.
It's believed Lin was brutally murdered and dismembered likely after he finished work on Thursday or during the following day, Montreal police said.
Huang said he thought Lin's life was simple because his employee rarely spoke about anything other than work and school.
"(Lin) was calm," Huang said. "He never complained, didn't really talk much about his personal life."
Lin had been in Montreal since July and used to live above Huang's store.
Huang was likely one of the last people - aside from Lin's killer - to see Lin alive, according to Yan Shi, president of the Concordia Chinese Student Association.
Shi told QMI Agency he was alerted Wednesday a member of Montreal's Chinese community had gone missing.
"I sent out (the alert) through our channels," Shi said.
Shi said he was told by members of the Chinese community that Lin was last seen leaving the convenience store on May 24. Shi said Lin sent a text message to a friend at 9 p.m. that night. That was the last time anyone heard from Lin, Shi said.
"It's terrible," Shi said. "We all thought Montreal was safe."
Lin's family, who live in China, were notified of Lin's death through the Canadian embassy, police said.
No students or faculty approached by QMI Agency on Friday at Concordia said they knew Lin.
Munir Nweiser, a PhD student in the same faculty as Lin, said he didn't know Lin personally, but said that being an international student living in Montreal can be lonely and scary.
He said international students are actively looking to meet new people, but added it's hard when you don't speak French well.
"I am going through a depression," Nweiser said. "I have no family here and it's hard to meet new people. And when you do meet people, you never know who you're meeting."
- with files from Daniel Renaud
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