Multiple videos of fatal fight in Saskatoon bar circulated widely on social media

Police were still at the scene on Monday. (Dan Zakreski/CBC - image credit)
Police were still at the scene on Monday. (Dan Zakreski/CBC - image credit)

Warning: This story contains disturbing details.

A 22-year-old woman is charged with manslaughter after a fight early Saturday morning at the Crazy Cactus bar in Saskatoon.

Paige Theriault-Fisher appeared in provincial court Monday. It's alleged that she killed 23-year-old Hodan Hashi.

Theriault-Fisher was initially charged with second-degree murder, but that was downgraded hours later to the lesser charge.

She was remanded to custody and is scheduled to return to court Thursday.

The fatal altercation happened just before 3:00 a.m. CST on Nov. 5 at the bar on the 200 block of Third Avenue South.

Submitted by Hashi family.
Submitted by Hashi family.

At least three videos showing various angles of the altercation circulated on social media. The videos were provided to CBC.

They show two women standing and grappling while bystanders watch. One woman has the other in a headlock and then they go to the floor together. A person over a PA system can be heard saying, "We have a b---h fight on the dance floor."

The two women wrestle for a moment and one of them repeatedly strikes the other in the area of her face and neck. It's not clear whether she's holding an object while striking.

Then, a massive pool of blood appears beneath the woman on the bottom.

The two are separated and both stand. The injured woman wipes blood from her neck, walks a few paces and then collapses.

A spokesperson for Saskatoon Police says investigators are aware of the videos.

"Our homicide investigators have had a great deal of evidence to process in this case," said Alyson Edwards.

"We appreciate the public sending us the videos, however [investigators] believe they have what they need."

Family of Hodan Hashi started a Go Fund Me page to help with returning her body to Ottawa and funeral expenses. It had raised half of its $40,000 target by Monday.

"She was a kind, gentle, giving soul who would give the shirt off her back to anyone that needed it," the page said.

"She was loved by many."

Paige Theriault-Fisher/Facebook
Paige Theriault-Fisher/Facebook

CBC reached out to the owners of the Crazy Cactus for response to the incident. One of the owners provided a statement.

"Thank you for reaching out regarding the tragic incident at our establishment this weekend. Our establishment and staff have, and will continue, to provide whatever assistance we can to those involved," Blue Clegg of CYFJ Holdings said in an email.

"Out of respect for all those involved, we will not comment further at this time."