Transcona neighbours called police before teen killed

People in Transcona say they called police several times about noise coming from a house party this weekend where a young man was beaten so badly he later died.

Complained about noise before fight broke out among teens

18-year-old Christian O'Neail died Saturday in hospital after a fight broke out at a Transcona house party early Saturday morning. (Facebook)

People in Transcona say they called police several times about noise coming from a house party this weekend where a young man died after he was punched early Saturday morning.

Christian O'Neail,18, was rushed to hospital in critical condition but died later that day.

Sources said he was not taken to hospital by ambulance, but by people at the house party.

One woman who didn't want to be named, said her husband called 9-1-1 after they saw a group of teens fighting on the street.

Police confirmed a fight broke out in the first 100 block of Nevens Bay early Saturday.

A 17-year-old has been charged with manslaughter. He has been detained at the Manitoba Youth Centre.

Police said no weapon was used, and they haven't said what the fight was about.

Meanwhile, friends and family are mourning the loss of Christian who is being remembered as a "good kid."

Friends told CBC Monday he played basketball and football and "always had a smile on his face."

His father, Vic O'Neail, his voice breaking, told CBC Christian was "all that and so much more."

Pastor Shane Brothers has known the O'Neail family for the past seven years and describes Christian as a generous and loving person.   "Christian was full of life," said Brothers. "He was gregarious, but he was so outgoing, so witty but so you had this wonderful bundle of all these positive qualities."

Brothers said the O'Neails see Christian's death as a double tragedy.

"They really want the other family to know that he is in their thoughts and prayers," he said. "They realize not only is this a huge tragedy and loss for their family, but for the other family as well."

The tragedy is also weighing heavily at Kildonan East Collegiate where Christian had just graduated, and  was very involved in both music and sports.

As a tribute the football team will wear the number 28 — O'Neail's number — on their helmets.

The principal of the school, Diana Posthumus, said Christian was a popular kid.

"Christian didn't have a bad bone in his body," said Posthumus. "He was one of those kids who had a smile on his face all the time," she continued. "He had friends in every walk of life you could imagine."

Winnipeg's homicide unit is investigating. They are asking anyone who was at the party and witnessed the incident but has not yet spoken with police is asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-6508