Friends and family are mourning the death of the man who Saskatoon police are calling the city’s first murder victim of 2018.
On Wednesday, James Chaisson died from unspecified injuries on Avenue P between 21st and 22nd Street around 4:30 a.m.. Hours later, police labeled the death a homicide.
Amanda Potts, Chaisson’s sister, created a Facebook page for loved ones to share thoughts and memories of the 28-year-old’s life.
“On Feb. 14, 2018, we lost a very dear brother, son, nephew, grandson and friend,” Potts wrote in the group’s first post.
She went on to write her brother “had a very kind heart and he was the first to step up to protect the people he loved.”
Police issued an arrest warrant Thursday in connection to Chaisson’s death.
Brandin Brick, 26, is wanted for first-degree murder. Police don’t believe the murder to be a random act and say Brick is considered dangerous and could be armed.
Officers searched a house Thursday on the 400 block of Avenue S as part of the investigation.
Others in the Facebook group shared memories and messages of support for Chaisson’s friends and family.
“You were such a big-hearted kid… always wanting and willing to help out.” Jenna Leblanc wrote in the memorial group.
“I’m sorry your family has to feel this pain.”