The Surrey teen who was stabbed to death on a bus in Whalley on Tuesday night was reportedly cycling home from a friend’s house and texted his mum saying he was threatened by “some kids” and Fear.
“Ethan was a young, bright, well-liked boy, unarmed, and now his mother will be waiting forever for him to get off,” said a GoFundMe started by his aunt Andrea Van Der Gracht Seeking help to pay for the teen’s funeral,” the page reads.
Ethan Bespflug, 17, was stabbed on a bus in the 9900 block of King George Avenue on April 11 at 9:28 p.m. and died at the hospital. Police have yet to identify a suspect.
“He texted his mom that some kids were threatening me and I was terrified and that was the last text he sent,” his aunt Andrea van der Gracht told Global News. “He was a good kid. He had four younger sisters and a younger brother. He worked, he went to school, he got good grades, he didn’t get into trouble, he wasn’t a bad kid. It’s horrible that he’s come to this. Now It could be any of our kids. You know, sitting on a bus and just going to meet your mom doesn’t mean you’re going to lose your life.”
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over the case. Bespflug is Surrey’s fifth homicide victim so far this year and the second stabbed victim on a bus in Surrey this month. The first victim survived.
Tuesday’s stabbing occurred on a 503 bus traveling east from King George Station. Corporal Vanessa Munn of the Surrey RCMP said police had no reason to suspect Tuesday’s stabbing was “connected” to a man’s throat slit on Fraser Highway and 148 Street on April 1. Any connection” – also on the 503 bus. The stabbings led to the indictment of the suspect, Abdul Aziz Kawam, with four counts of terrorism-related offences, in which Kawam is accused of committing crimes on behalf of the Islamic State (ISIS).
So far, two GoFundMe campaigns have been set up for Bespflug, seeking donations to help pay for his funeral.
“Ethan just turned 17 and he has so much more in life, a good boy, a kind kid, a loving brother, son, grandson, uncle, friend, always helping his siblings, always telling His family how much he loves us and he will give the shirt off his back to anyone who needs it,” event page Set up by another aunt, Daphni Miller, who was reading. So far, 79 donors have donated $5,218 towards the $10,000 Goal.
A Similar GoFundMe Campaignsfounded by Van Der Gracht seeking donations to “help rest Ethan in peace,” has so far received $6,146 from 81 donors with a goal of $7,500.
“In a time when we are constantly bombarded with grief and death,” her campaign page reads, “we have lost one of our own. Ethan was a son and a brother murdered mindlessly when he should be safe. We The fear of sending our children to the outside world is becoming more and more prevalent in our daily lives. We should not be afraid of our children going to school, we should not be afraid of our children coming home from school. Our children are dying, gun violence “And the threat of violence is everywhere. In times like these, families and communities need to come together to help everyone. Ethan shouldn’t be like this. He wakes up in the morning and goes to school and never comes back.
“Please donate to help Ethan rest in peace. In times of tragedy, please help us come together as a community to help families in need. Help them know that there are still good things in the world. Peace will come again and love and peace will prevail.” Ethan A young, bright, well-loved boy, unarmed, and now his mother will be waiting forever for him to get off.”
In the meantime, police are asking anyone with information about Tuesday’s deadly stabbing to contact investigators at the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at [email protected].
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Fatal stabbing on public transport in Surrey