Woman stabbed at Hay River highrise, dies in hospital

Friends and family on social media have identified the victim as Roberta Sabourin and have started an online fund in her memory.

Family and friends have started an online fund in memory of Roberta Sabourin, 42

Roberta Sabourin of Hay River, N.W.T., was stabbed at the highrise Wednesday night and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. (Facebook)

A woman is dead after being stabbed at the highrise in Hay River, N.W.T., Wednesday night.

RCMP have not released the name of the victim, but friends and family on social media have identified the woman as Roberta Sabourin.

RCMP say they got a call around 9:30 p.m. from the 17-storey Mackenzie Place highrise that a woman had been stabbed.

Hay River RCMP were outside the Highrise Thursday morning. Police say a woman was stabbed Wednesday night and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. (Jacob Barker/CBC)

A news release stated when officers arrived, they found the victim receiving CPR from people at the residence. She was taken to hospital and later pronounced dead.

'Scariest thing ever'

Merissa Maurice, who lives in the building, said she got off the elevator on the seventh floor Wednesday night and saw an unresponsive woman bleeding from a stab wound and another woman doing CPR on the victim.

Maurice said she heard a woman shout "I didn't effing do it" and that woman was taken away by police.

"She got placed under arrest and it was probably the scariest thing ever," she said.

"I live one floor above that and it's like pretty nerve-wracking to be in the highrise and thinking that this is one floor [below] me and someone just got stabbed when there's been other recent happenings in there."

Online fund

​RCMP say they have arrested a suspect and the investigation is ongoing.

Gofundme page has been set up in Sabourin's memory to raise money to help family members travel to Hay River for the funeral. More than $1,800 has been raised in three hours.

The page says Sabourin was 42 years old and leaves four daughters and a son.