WARNING: This story contains an image that some may find distressing.
Shortly after midnight Saturday, Banff suffered its second death from violence in the space of two months.
Banff RCMP responded to a 911 call that a man was stabbed following an altercation outside the Dancing Sasquatch nightclub in the 100 block of Banff Avenue at approximately 12:09 a.m. on the 3 september.
Upon arrival, RCMP located the 27-year-old male from Foothills County, Alberta. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Two men were arrested nearby and RCMP said Saturday afternoon they believe there are no longer any concerns for the safety of the general public.
Police also said the incident was unrelated to the fatal altercation that took place outside the same nightclub in August.
But the incident has shaken some residents.
A man allegedly tried to break into a nearby house before his arrest
Natalie Zammit lives in Banff, a few blocks from where the fatal altercation took place.
She said one of the men eventually arrested by police fled the scene of the altercation and tried to hide in his apartment.
Zammit said she got out of bed, went to the door, and that’s when she noticed someone was trying to break in.
“They started banging on the door… We only have one lock so I was holding it closed and calling my partner to come over, help me keep the door closed,” said Zamit.
Zammit said the man returned later, but when he heard her boyfriend’s voice, he left.
They called the police, who spoke with Zammit outside.
“Immediately they said, ‘Don’t knock on your door. For example, don’t lean against your door,'” Zammit said.
“And I turn around and find my door is completely bloody. Like handprints, just like the door frame, the handle, all the glass…it was terrifying.”
In a Facebook post, the Town of Banff said it is setting up mental health support for anyone in the town who may need it.
“We’re all kind of like, ‘What’s going on?'” Zammit said.
“You don’t really feel safe anymore… I won’t be going out at night anymore, I won’t be walking my dog alone anymore. It’s awful.”
A “shock” for the community
In a statement, Banff Mayor Corrie DiManno said the community was already reeling from the previous loss in August.
“I feel angry, deeply saddened and devastated by the fatal stabbing in our city last night. On behalf of the council and the community, I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased young man” , she said. .
“This brutal violence is shocking to our community and we take this issue very seriously. We continue to be a grieving community and are recovering from the tragic loss of a Banffite for life in August, so this incident will cause a resurgence anxiety and trauma for some.”
The Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit has taken over the investigation, with assistance from the Banff RCMP and the RCMP Forensic Identification Unit.
RCMP are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information about it to call 403-763-6600.