Three teens have been charged in connection with the stabbing death of a recent high school grad in Whistler.

Luka Gordic, 19, was killed during an altercation in an alley near a nightclub on Main Street between two groups spending the long weekend in the resort city.

Friends say Gordic may have been sticking up for friends on Sunday night when he was fatally injured.

Homicide investigators say three 17-year-olds are charged with manslaughter, and a fourth 18-year-old man is also facing charges. One of the accused appeared in North Vancouver court on Tuesday, and a bail hearing for the three teens was adjourned until Wednesday.

“This was a situation where a group of young people who knew each other had a dispute which turned deadly,” said Sgt. Stephanie Ashton of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

IHIT is pleading for witnesses to come forward to speak with investigators about what happened Sunday night.

Gordic’s brother spoke to CTV Vancouver Monday, and described the teen as a “sweet kid” who had no enemies.

“From what I hear he was surrounded and these animals, they took him away from us,” he said.

The youngest of four siblings, Gordic recently graduated from Burnaby Central Secondary School.

Another teen was found suffering stab wounds on Sunday night, and was transported to hospital in Vancouver. As of Monday he was listed in serious but stable condition.

Police they haven’t found any evidence to suggest the two incidents are linked.

Anyone who witnessed either of the weekend’s stabbings or has information is asked to call the Whistler RCMP detachment at 604-932-3044 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.