January 30, 2018 9:17 pm
Updated: February 1, 2018 3:27 pm

‘He was always our hero’: Family of Granville nightclub employee killed in stabbing speaks out

A vigil has been held for the man who died trying to break up a fight on Vancouver's Granville strip. 23-year-old Kalwinder Thind is being remembered as someone with a big heart -- who wanted to steer everyone on the right path. Catherine Urquhart has more.


Clutching a framed photo of her baby brother, Jassicka Bhullar still can’t believe he’s gone.

“It was a huge loss for the community, for us,” she said.

Family describe 23-year-old Kalwinder Thind, who died over the weekend trying to break up a fight at a Granville Street nightclub, as the kind of person who “lit up the room every time he walked in.”

“His laugh was infectious,” cousin Ramen Bassi said. “He wanted to spread joy to everybody, and he did that.”

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Police said a fight broke out inside the Cabana Lounge in the 1100-block of Granville Street at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday and then spilled onto the street.

Thind, a nightclub promoter and aspiring realtor, was stabbed trying to break up the fight and later died in hospital.

“What happened to him was heinous and senseless and should never happen to anybody ever again,” Bhullar said.

“Why would someone bring a knife to a club? You go there to have fun, have a good time. That’s what my brother did.”

Police are appealing for witness video as they investigate the deadly fight.

Five arrests were made but no charges have been laid.

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“I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that he gets justice,” Bhullar said.

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“He took away not just somebody from us, from everybody he touched,” brother-in-law Simran Bhullar said. “He took away the best person I know.”

A makeshift memorial has been growing outside Cabana Lounge to honour Thind.

A vigil will be held outside the club on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

“People are calling him a hero,” Bassi said.

“He was always our hero,” adds Simran Bhullar, “but now the world can know how much of a hero he is.”

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