After a 23-year-old man died of injuries he sustained while trying to break up a fight outside a Granville Street nightclub this past weekend, Vancouver Police are now asking anyone who may have cell phone footage of the incident to contact them.
Although it’s still early in the investigation, police say they have now determined that the fight involved two separate groups from inside the Cabana Lounge.
Cabana Lounge employee Kalwinder Thind attempted to break up the fight, but ended up getting hurt and later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
“Tension between the two groups had been brewing throughout the evening and eventually led to the fight outside,” said VPD Sgt. Jason Robillard. “The evidence suggests that several people have photos and recordings of the events before, during and after this incident.”
Those behind the photos and recordings, he said, “have uploaded edited footage to various social media sites but have yet to come forward to police.”
Robillard added that it’s important for investigators to see the unedited footage, as “it could be crucial to the investigation.”
The tragic incident appears to be “an isolated fight, fueled by alcohol, that got out of hand,” said Robillard. “We need to talk to the people involved as soon as possible.”
No criminal charges have been laid yet in connection with the case.
Five people were originally arrested and have since been released pending further investigation.
Investigators are asking anyone with pictures or video, or additional information, to call Vancouver Police Homicide Detectives at 604-717-2500, Crime Stoppers at 1-877-222-8477, or leave a tip online at solvecrime.ca.
Friends and family of Thind are planning a candlelight vigil for him this Wednesday in downtown Vancouver.
With a heavy heart, Today we had to say RIP to my bro @krissthind Words cant describe how amazing Kris was. This Wednesday Jan 31st there will be a Candle Lite Vigil held for Kris at 7pm near Granville and Davie to celebrate his vibrant life. All Family, Friends, Industry Friends and loved ones are welcome.