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Aldergrove woman's home part of tragic family murder-suicide

A Rosedale man is accused of murdering his daughter, wife and his sister before confessing to it on Facebook and killing himself.
Homicide investigators work inside an Aldergrove home on 271A Street on Friday where it is believed a woman's body was found the day prior. The woman

An Aldergrove home, where it is believed a woman's body was discovered on Thursday, May 7 was behind police tape on Friday.

The home, in the 25000 block of 271A Street is believed to be that of Shelly Janzen. She was the sister of Randy Janzen, who  is now thought to be responsible for killing his family and confessing to the crimes in a chilling post on Facebook on Thursday afternoon.

He said he shot his daughter, wife and then his sister. Police arrived at the Rosedale home later on Thursday where, after a four-hour standoff, the house caught fire and Janzen reportedly killed himself.

The Facebook post is what tipped police off.

A neighbour of Shelly Janzen's in Aldergrove, said she was a quiet woman who kept to herself. Another neighbour said she was very sweet.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over both the crime scene in Aldergrove and in Rosedale.

Just after 3 p.m. on May 7, Langley RCMP received information obtained through social media that indicated a Rosedale man had harmed his family members.

As a result of this information, Langley RCMP attended the 271A Street home and located a deceased individual inside, said IHIT in a press release.

Further information received through social media indicated there was a potential second location of concern in the Rosedale-Popkum area.

Upper Fraser Valley Regional RCMP attended with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team and attempted to make contact with a man believed to be inside the home.

Approximately four hours after police arrived on scene, the residence caught fire and was quickly engulfed in flames.

“This investigation is extremely complex, involving two crime scenes and potentially multiple victims. At this time, IHIT believes that this incident is not random and the suspect and victims were related to each other,” said IHIT Sgt. Stephanie Ashton.

Police are not releasing the name of the victims, but information posted on Facebook has indicated that it is the Janzen family.

Janzen grew up in Langley.

Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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