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Vancouver police have released the name of the man who was stabbed to death outside the Atlantis Nightclub early Sunday morning, but have yet to identify any suspects in the city's 13th homicide of the year.

Yau Aaron Chan, 25, of Richmond, was stabbed around 2 a.m. after an altercation in the 1300 block of Richards Street. He died in hospital. Mr. Chan was not known to police.

Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Constable Jana McGuinness said investigators don't know what sparked the incident.

"We're looking into what may have precipitated the stabbing," she said. "Right now we don't have that information."

Constable McGuinness provided few specifics on the stabbing at a news conference yesterday morning.

"In terms of suspects, we're not at a point where we're releasing information around that. ... Details around the weapons and specific injuries, we're not releasing at this time," she said.

Constable McGuinness was also unable to confirm whether Mr. Chan had been inside the club at any point. "The incident did not occur inside the club. And there's no factors, no information, to lead us to believe that anything occurred in the club beforehand."

She stressed that while Atlantis is not a part of Bar Watch, a program designed to keep gangsters off the premises by scanning IDs and deploying metal detectors, the club has been undertaking its own measures in terms of security.

"There's been some concerns in the community around the Atlantis Nightclub and clubs along Richards Street in the past. I can tell you that there's not a disproportionate number of complaints that are coming in around Atlantis. ... We have seen fewer calls for service to that club in the past year. I know that they've been working to improve some of their security measures and situation within the bar," Constable McGuinness said.

The stabbing occurred as Atlantis was closing for the night and people were heading out to the street. Police have interviewed a number of witnesses and investigators are canvassing the area for video.

Of the 13 homicides in Vancouver so far this year, two have been stabbings. Last year, of the 21 homicides, four were stabbing deaths.

Meanwhile, a Facebook group in memory of Mr. Chan - complete with videos of him dunking a basketball and lyrics to a hip-hop track he performed titled No Tomorrow - has grown to more than 300 members.

Mr. Chan's sister, Joanne, thanked him inside the group for telling her never to give up on her dreams.

Several friends followed suit by thanking Mr. Chan for touching their lives. Some remembered his optimism, others his kindheartedness. One called him "the best basketball player I know."

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