Young man dead, another injured after stabbings in Whistler
A violent Victoria Day long weekend in the Whistler Village has left one 19-year-old dead and another 19-year-old in hospital.
Mounties said both young men were stabbed within 24 hours of each other, but there’s nothing to indicate the incidents are related.
The first victim, Luka Gordic, was fatally stabbed in an alley near a nightclub on Main Street early Sunday morning. He was taken to a local medical clinic but couldn’t be saved.
Gordic’s brother, who asked not to be named, told CTV News the tragedy has left his family devastated and afraid for their safety.
“He was such a sweet kid. Everybody loved him,” he said. “From what I hear he was surrounded and these animals, they took him away from us.”
Gordic, who graduated from Burnaby Central Secondary School last year and was the youngest of four siblings, was in Whistler with friends for the May long weekend, an annual tradition for many teenagers.
Friends said Gordic may have been sticking up for a friend when he was killed.
“My heart goes out to his family,” Jack Tyerman said. “He didn’t deserve what he got at all. No one deserves to die at 19, especially him.”
Then, shortly before midnight Sunday, a second teenager was found suffering multiple stab wounds off Whistler Way near the Hilton Hotel.
He was taken to a local clinic then transported to hospital in Vancouver. His condition hasn’t been confirmed.
The RCMP said the Victoria Day weekend is historically a busy time for officers, resulting in dozens of calls per night. Mounties said there has been no sign of a gang presence in Whistler for years, however, and the last homicide recorded was in March 2007.
Mounties arrested a number of suspects in connection with Gordic’s killing but none have been charged. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and B.C. Coroners Service are continuing to investigate.
Anyone who witnessed either of the weekend’s stabbings or has information related to them is asked to call the Whistler RCMP detachment at 604-932-3044 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
With files from CTV Vancouver’s Nafeesa Karim and Maria Weisgarber