British Columbia

2 dead in separate overnight stabbings

Two people are dead after separate stabbings in Surrey and Vancouver overnight.
A teen was killed in Vancouver, and a man died in Surrey, B.C. 2:08

Two people are dead after separate stabbings in Surrey and Vancouver overnight.

Kyle Yellowbird, 22, died after he was stabbed in a fight just after 1 a.m. PT at 100th Avenue and 154th Street in Surrey.

"[It's] so heartless and senseless, it gives me shivers down my spine just thinking about," said his friend Ricardo Elkhouri.

Another man, 17, was taken to hospital. He remains in stable but critical condition.

Police say they are looking for a third man in his 40s or 50s, who fled the scene in a mid- to late-2000 model Honda Civic, silver or grey in colour.

"It's likely this vehicle will have damage to the driver's door and window," said Sgt. Adam Macintosh, spokesman for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

"We think this was a spontaneous event that had no planning," he added.

Restaurant stabbing

Around the same time as the Surrey incident, Vancouver Police were called to a stabbing inside the Japan House Restaurant on Kingsway, near Slocan Street.

A 17-year-old man died after being stabbed at this restaurant early Friday morning. (CBC)

They found a 17-year-old suffering from serious stab wounds. The teen, who was known to police, later died in hospital.

Police say the stabbing happened during an altercation between two groups.

"We are currently interviewing witnesses and people from one of the groups to determine exactly what it was or what the motive was for this attack," said Sgt. Randy Fincham of the VPD.

"It's too early to tell if this was gang-related," he added.

Investigators say there were a number of people in the restaurant, not associated with either group, who left before police arrived. They are asking those witnesses to come forward.

No arrests have been made and there are currently no suspects.

With files from the CBC's Negar Mojtahedi