Layton Leslie Paul Montpellier was born March 25th,
1979 in High Prairie, Alberta, Canada. He is
survived by his father and mother, Paul and Nellie;
his older brother Lane and his wife Celeste and
their kids Dillon and Carson; his younger brother
Leslie; his fiancée, Dawn Hopkins; and his
numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.
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was our 6'6" gentle giant. Even though he was always
taller than everyone, he never looked down on
anyone. When Layton passed away on November 10th,
2001,our entire future was taken away. Layton was my
boyfriend of four years but we were so much closer
than that. He was my best friend. We shared
everything. We shared our lives. It was as if we
were one person.
As soon as we started dating, we knew we were made
for each other. Our personalities were so much alike
that we just blended into one person. That summer we
tried to see each other every day even though we
lived half an hour apart. Every time I saw him, it
put a smile on my face.
The next four years were filled with love. We would
tell each other how much we cared for each other
every day. Layton would always say, "I love you."
And I would respond, "I love you more." And he would
say, "You couldn't possibly."
In our four-year relationship, Layton wrote me so
very many love letters. This is an example of one.
so incredibly happy and proud to be with a girl like
you who is passionate, beautiful, fun, smart, funny,
and wonderful. You give me the drive and
determination to get up each and every morning, put
a smile on my face and have a great day. I enjoy and
love every minute we spend together and I look
forward to having the most wonderful life together
with you by my side. I am madly in love with you and
care about you with all my heart. Have a special
Valentines Day; I love you! Layton!"
The last two years before Layton passed away, we
lived together in Edmonton. He was the perfect
roommate. Every night we would curl up in bed and
say, "This is the best feeling in the world."
Layton graduated from G.P. Vanier High School in
June of 1997. He was co-valedictorian of his class.
He started attending the University of Alberta in
September of 1997. Layton was 1 ½ semesters away
from obtaining his Chemical Engineering Degree,
specializing in Computer Process Control. An
honorary degree was awarded posthumously in April
enjoyed sports of all kinds. He played hockey and
volleyball in high school. In University he played
on three hockey teams: a men's league team, The End
Zone Cannons; a chemical engineering team; and a
engineering ball hockey team. Layton played hockey
at least twice a week while in school. Layton played
baseball every summer with mixed leagues. Layton
enjoyed weight lifting and went to the gym around 5
to 6 times a week. He enjoyed being fit and staying
Layton had I had been dating for 3 ½ years when he
passed away. We had been living together while
attending the U of A.
Layton planned to graduate from University in April
and then get a job in his field. He had sent out
many resumes and had already been interviewed for a
couple of jobs. Layton planned to work and make
money to pay off his student loans and pay back his
parents for helping him get through school. Layton
and I were planning to marry once we both were
finished attending school.
and I had been living in Edmonton together for the
last two years. On November 1st, Layton went to
Reno, Nevada with some Chemical Engineering buddies
for five days. When he got back we were both very
busy with midterms and then I left for the long
weekend break because of Canada's Remembrance Day.
So I left Edmonton
on November 8th to go visit my family and friends in
Grande Prairie. Layton's little brother, Leslie,
came up from Red Deer to get some help with his
engineering classes. Layton wrote a midterm on
Friday and then decided to go out to the bar with
some of the boys from his hockey team. Leslie stayed
at the apartment.
Layton went to
a bar on the west end of Edmonton.
Layton partied with his friends that night until
around 2 am when no one saw Layton again. Layton
(who had never been in a fight before) ran into a
man on the dance floor. Things got heated and
punches were thrown. One of the man's friends jumped
in and it was two on one. The bouncers at the bar
threw all three men out the back door together,
basically sending Layton to his death.
The one young man,
who just turned 18 that night at midnight (legal
drinking age in Canada), pulled a knife and Layton
ran. Layton ran two blocks where he fell and
tripped. The two men jumped on top of him and
stabbed him. Layton was able to get up and ran
another block to a gas station. He stumbled inside
and the clerk pushed the alarm button which locks
The two men
followed banging on the door and yelling death
threats. But they had already killed him. Layton
died on the gas station floor from a stab wound to
the left ventricle of his heart. The two men are
charged with second degree murder and possession of
an illegal weapon. They were let out on bail on
November 28th, 2001.
I am very upset that the bar threw all three of them
out together. I am very upset that this young man
carried a knife into the bar. I am very upset that
my brilliant, talented, 22-year-old boyfriend was
taken out of this world by an 18-year-old who has a
past criminal record and didn't even graduate from
high school. I am very upset that I lost my true
love and I am only 20 years
We had Layton's funeral in his home town of Falher
on November 16th where he is now buried. Layton was
Edmonton's 17th murder victim of the year. I just
never thought this would happen to anyone I cared
about. Now it has happened to the person I cared
most about in the entire world.
We are currently raising money towards the Layton
Montpellier Scholarship fund which will be available
through the University of Alberta. $10,000 is
required to start the fund and we raised $5300 in
only 6 weeks!