‘Just be kind, show love’: Daytime vigil honours teen fatally stabbed on Surrey bus

Holly Indridson, mom of Surrey bus stabbing victim Ethan Bespflug, 17, spoke to a gathering of about 100 people at a celebration of the teen’s life at Holland Park on Thursday

Roughly 100 people gathered at Holland Park in Whalley on Thursday afternoon to pay their respects to Ethan Bespflug, the teen who was stabbed to death April 11 while riding on public transit in Surrey.

Barry Slocombe, the funeral celebrant at the “informal” celebration of life, noted that Ethan liked gemstones, rocks and exploring the Great Outdoors.

The gathering heard from family and friends.

“I don’t have much to say because I feel like basically my whole being is gone, my soul is gone with Ethan,” said Holly Indridson, his mother. “He was the most gentle, kind, polite soul, he was so thoughtful, he paved the way for his brothers and sisters. He set such a good example of how to live life and how you should be, helping others and helping strangers.

“Just that morning he was helping his sister learn how to ride a bike.

“I just hope his memory carries on and there’s change,” she said, “and that people can learn from these kinds of acts. Just be kind, show love.”

READ ALSO: Murder charge laid in stabbing of Ethan Bespflug, 17 on a Surrey bus

READ ALSO: ‘It’s crushed my will to live,’ Ethan Bespflug’s mom says of teen’s stabbing death on Surrey bus The 17-year-old died in hospital after being stabbed April 11 while riding the Route 503 bus in the 9900-block of King George Boulevard.

Kaiden Mintenko, 20, of Burnaby is charged with second-degree murder. His next appearance in Surrey provincial court is set for May 8.

“It’s sad, it’s unfortunate, it’s tragic,” Melissa Dion, a family friend, told the Now-Leader.



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