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Luka Gordic stabbing: 3 teens charged with manslaughter

Three teenagers have been charged in connection with the stabbing death of 19-year-old Luka Gordic in Whistler over the May long weekend.

Fourth man also facing charges in dispute between two groups police say knew each other

Luka Gordic, 19, died of multiple stab wounds after being found Sunday morning in Whistler Village. (Instagram)

Three teenagers have been charged in connection with the stabbing death of 19-year-old Luka Gordic in Whistler over the May long weekend.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said the three, all aged 17, have each been charged with manslaughter.

The charges stem from an altercation between two groups that ended with Gordic stabbed multiple times shortly after midnight on Sunday.

"This was a situation where a group of young people who knew each other had a dispute which turned deadly," said IHIT spokesperson Stephanie Ashton.

"There are some witnesses who have yet to speak with investigators about the death of Luka Gordic. We ask that those people come forward now and tell us what they know."

Police said a fourth person, aged 18, is also facing charges. They did not say what those charges are.

First court appearance gets heated

Nearly two dozen members of Gordic's family attended the suspects' first court appearance in North Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon. The two sides exchanged heated words in the courthouse lobby, and again in the courtroom.

"It's going to be a tough case. It always is with young people. There's a lot of emotions. They run very high. And, it's very stressful for everyone," said defence lawyer Donna Turko.

The bail hearing was adjourned until May 20.

Victoria Day weekend notorious for violence

The May long weekend has become notorious for crime and violence in Whistler.

In an unrelated incident, another 19-year-old from the Lower Mainland was found on Whistler Way suffering from multiple stab wounds late Sunday night. He was eventually transported to Vancouver for further treatment.

In a statement, Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden said the city will be taking extra steps to improve safety.

"Moving forward we will work with our partners to continue to deliver programming, a robust police presence and crime prevention work by accommodations and bars on the Victoria Day May long weekend when thousands of Lower Mainland youth arrive in Whistler."