But it wasn't an incident borne out of overzealous partying, according to detectives — instead, it was a quick confrontation about a woman who was also there to watch the game.
Late Friday afternoon, police also issued an arrest warrant for first degree murder for 20-year-old Dylon Moniz Duarte, in connection with the killing.
In the chaos of the moment, the attacker ran north on Sherman toward Princess Street and the group who had been watching the Raptors game gave chase. The man, described only as a white man with dark clothing, got into the Jetta and it drove away.
Investigators first got a 911 call around 12:30 a.m. about a stabbing in the area of Sherman Avenue and Barton Street East.
"There was a group of individuals who had been celebrating the Raptors victory come out of a nearby residence," Det. Sgt. Peter Thom told reporters at the scene Friday morning. "They were standing on the street, having a little celebration."
"This male confronted the group over a female who was partying with them, and all of a sudden produced a knife and stabbed a 23-year-old male who was part of the group," he said.
After the stabbing, the suspect then ran off back towards the car, which was waiting in the area of Princess Street and Sherman Avenue North, Thom said.
The victim's friends chased after him, while the victim staggered south on Sherman. He turned into an alleyway just north of Barton Street where he collapsed, Thom said.
By the time the victim's friends got back to where the stabbing happened, the man was nowhere to be found.
Officers arrived and started questioning the group about what happened, and then searched the area. They found the man lying in the alley, suffering from a "fairly significant" stab wound to the upper body, Thom said.
Officers attempted CPR at the scene, and when paramedics arrived, the man was rushed to Hamilton General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The victim was not known to police, Thom added. He is Hamilton's fifth homicide victim of the year.
Thom said he couldn't get into details of the relationship between the woman and either the attacker or the victim.
Thom said the person driving it was "not directly involved in the altercation," but he was nonetheless arrested on "unrelated matters."
"We've been very busy over the last several hours trying to collect evidence," Thom said.
Police are looking for the public's help in locating Duarte, but cautioned in a press release that "members of the public should not approach him themselves as he is still considered armed and dangerous."
Investigators were also pointed in their release to "remind friends, family and associates" that it would be a criminal offence to help him evade arrest and could result in charges.
Tyquan was stabbed in the upper chest, he did not know the attacker, who ran to the parked Jetta and took off north on Sherman Ave.
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Police have identified both the victim and the alleged perpetrator of a fatal stabbing that occurred as a group of friends took over a Hamilton street to celebrate the Raptors win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Det. Sgt. Peter Thom said that an unknown number of individuals were in a residence in the area watching the game but went outside and began having an impromptu celebration in the street after the final buzzer.
He said that a male suspect then arrived in the area in a red Volkswagen Jetta and got into a confrontation with the group.
This male confronted the group over a female who was partying with them and all of a sudden produced a knife and stabbed a 23-year-old male who was part of the group, Thom told reporters on Friday morning. After the stabbing the male suspect fled on foot towards a waiting car near Princess Street and Sherman Avenue. The victim ended up southbound on Sherman Avenue, turned into an alleyway and collapsed in the alleyway.
Thom said that police were called to the area for a reported stabbing but only located the victim in the alleyway after conducting a search of the immediate area.
He said that he had a fairly significant stab wound to his upper body and was administered CPR at the scene. He was then rushed to hospital by paramedics, though he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Later on Friday, police identified the victim as 23-year-old Tyquan Brown. Investigators say Brown was not known to police.
Thom said that the suspect did know some of the members of the group but is not believed to have had a prior relationship with the victim.
The car that the suspect fled the scene in has already been located, however Thom said that its driver and registered owner was not directly involved in the altercation. He was taken into custody on unrelated charges, Thom said.