Manslaughter charges laid in May assault

Travis Waite

Manslaughter charges have been laid following the deadly assault of a Fort St. John man.

Travis Waite, 29, suffered a severe head injury following an apparent incident in mid-May that required him to be rushed to Vancouver Hospital. Waite succumbed to his injuries on May 30, 2015.

The Alaska Highway News is reporting that Crown prosecutors have approved a manslaughter charge against an unidentified man alleged to have played a role in the assault.

Fort St. John RCMP have not released any public information about the charges, or even that the assault took place and where.

According to the Alaska Highway News, Waite took a fatal punch to the head May 18.

Friends and family have taken to Facebook to raise awareness of Waite’s injuries and death, and have started the Travis Waite Memorial Foundation.

The Foundation is raising funds to sponsor kids who can’t afford to participate in organized sports.

“We his family and friends would like to see a positive come from out devistation [sic] of losing Travis and honour the name of a guy we loved so very much,” wrote Tara Waite-Myers on the Foundation’s Facebook page.

According to the page, Waite “had a huge heart and a soft spot for kids, and during the time of his passing Travis’ family was shown a great deal of support compassion and loving donations to help them through.”

Friends and family have raised more than $9,100 since the attack, originally for medical and travel funds for family to travel to and from Vancouver

The Foundation is hosting a fundraiser car wash and barbecue June 20 and 21, 2015 at Tenacious Detail. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 20, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 21, 2015. Tenacious Detail is located at 8225-100 Avenue.

Messages to family members, as well as the Fort St. John RCMP, were not immediately returned.