Calgary

Vigil held at Westbrook Mall for 25-year-old stabbing victim

His death being described as "such an unnecessary loss," around 100 Calgarians gathered at the Westbrook Mall parking lot Friday evening to remember the man found dead there following a fight at a gathering nearby days earlier.

Darby Shade was found dead in mall parking lot on Tuesday

Mourners gathered at Westbrook Mall on Friday to remember Darby Chase Shade who was stabbed to death in Rosscarrock. (Julie Debeljak/CBC)

His death being described as "such an unnecessary loss," around 100 Calgarians gathered at the Westbrook Mall parking lot Friday evening to remember the man found dead there following a fight at a small house party nearby days earlier.

Darby Chase Shade, who also goes by the name Darby Soop, was found stabbed to death on Tuesday night. 

Barry Heffernan, a housemate of Shade's, said he came to the vigil to honour a friend.

Darby Shade, 25, was fatally stabbed to death on Tuesday night. (Facebook)

He was, "just a wonderful man," Heffernan said.

"It's such an unnecessary loss."

Police were called to a disturbance at a home near the mall around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. Police said when they arrived, they saw people fleeing the home. They believe a fight took place at a small party there, bear spray was deployed, and the altercation continued outside the residence on 37th Street S.W.

The 25-year-old was a talented amateur mixed-martial arts athlete and boxer, Heffernan said.

Mourners gathered outside Westbrook Mall in Calgary where Darby Shade was found dead on Tuesday. (Julie Debeljak/CBC)

Shade had made recent posts on social media about his hopes to leave Calgary and how he needed to change his life. 

"Calgary is a bad influence for you," one family member had written him.

"It just makes it that much harder," Heffernan said. "I still have a hard time accepting it."

Calgary police are trying to locate Christian Whitebear, 25, left, and Matthew Crane-Watchmaker, 19, in connection with the discovery of man's body outside Westbrook Mall on Tuesday night. (Calgary Police Service)

Police are looking for Christian Whitebear, 25, and Matthew Crane-Watchmaker, 19, as persons of interest in the case. Both men are wanted on outstanding, unrelated warrants. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police non-emergency at 403-266-1234, or contact Crime Stoppers.

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