The criminal charge against a girl, 17, in connection with a fatal Garfield Street brawl last weekend has been upgraded to 1st degree murder.

The girl was originally charged with manslaughter in the death of Marcel Murdock, 40.

Police said that around 2:50 a.m. Saturday officers were called to the 1000 block of Garfield Street N after a fight erupted between two families who had been socializing at a house party.

Between 15 and 20 people were involved and as the dispute escalated people armed themselves with a variety of weapons including bats, shovels and bear spray.

Also during the incident, two vehicles hit three pedestrians and six people were taken to hospital.

Police said on Wednesday that after further consultation with the Crown, the original manslaughter charge against a girl, 17, in the death of Murdock, has been upgraded to 1st degree murder.