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WINNIPEG - Charges against a 17-year-old girl have been upgraded to first-degree murder following a brawl on Garfield Street North last Saturday that resulted in one man's death.
The girl had previously been charged with manslaughter and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. That manslaughter charge was upgraded to first-degree murder after consultation between police and the Crown, officials said Wednesday.
Marcel Murdock, a 40-year-old father of three who worked as a film crew member, died Saturday after being struck by one of the vehicles involved in the brawl. A minivan and a Chevy repeatedly smashed one another during the fighting.
The dispute broke out between a young couple and escalated until members of two families that had been socializing together were attacking one another with a bat, a shovel, sticks, bear spray and possibly knives, police have said.
Six people were transported to hospital with various injuries, including Murdock. While three were later released from hospital, one man remains in critical condition, and a woman is in stable condition, police said Wednesday.
Murdock described himself on Facebook as an "all-Canadian average boy" whose grown children were the most important thing in his life.
"They are the blood that flows through my veins," wrote Murdock. "I cannot breathe without them."
Murdock’s cousin, Nancy Wilson, said her family is devastated by the loss.
"We've all cried our eyes out," she said.