Whistler stabbing: arrest, manslaughter charge announced

Homicide investigators say a 22-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter in the fatal stabbing case in Whistler, British Columbia, last year.

Dedaar Jhooty is facing charges for his alleged involvement in the August 14, 2021 stabbing death of Henry Garcia Molina, according to a news release from the Lower Mainland Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

On that date, around 2:10 a.m., Sea-to-Sky RCMP officers were called to the Whistler Medical Clinic after a man with stab wounds arrived, IHIT said. Upon arrival, police found that the victim had died from his injuries.

At the time, investigators said they believed multiple people were involved in the fatal attack outside Bearfoot Bistro.

On Thursday, Jhooty was the only person charged in the case.

Jhooty was arrested on Wednesday with the support of the Richmond and Surrey RCMP Detachment, as well as the RCMP E Division Major Crimes Section Integrated Oversight Team, IHIT said.

Jhooty was charged on Thursday.

“Henry Garcia Molina’s death has been a shock to his family and the community of Whistler,” said IHIT spokesman Sgt. David Lee, in the press release.

“We hope this arrest brings some peace and comfort to his family. »

A statement from Molina’s family at the time of the assault said the young man was trying to get a taxi back to his hotel just before he was killed.

“Henry’s life did not deserve to be taken away so brutally,” the statement read. “His loss was the most painful thing a parent has had to go through. »

An online fundraiser for Molina’s family raised more than double its goal of $15,000.

“Henry was one of my best friends,” fundraiser organizer Kevin Pineda Romero wrote on the GoFundMe page.

“I had known him since we were six. He really felt like a brother to me. »

Romero said Molina has become a role model for others in her community and is in a good place in her life.

“Over the past few months, Henry was the happiest I’ve ever seen him. He made dozens of amazing friendships while playing in our volleyball leagues and tournaments, with people I know will never forget his playful personality,” Romero’s post read.

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