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Colby Baker-Buhay, 19, died February 7th, 2011, of injuries he sustained earlier.

Baker-Buhay was Edmonton's sixth homicide victim of the year.

Brent William Todd, 20, and Travis John Gabriel Martin, 22, were each charged with manslaughter.

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At approximately 2:00 a.m. February 6th, police responded to what appeared to be a minor assault complaint outside the Buffalo Underground Night Club, part of the downtown Boardwalk building, officially listed at 10320 102 Avenue.

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Police figured 19-year-old Colby Baker-Buhay had been assaulted outside the club and was possbily knocked to the ground. He was taken to hospital for observation as a precaution.

Officers later checked in with Colby and confirmed that he appeared to be in good health despite his injuries.

"He was speaking, he was awake, everything seemed like he was doing well," a police spokesman later said.

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However, Colby took a turn for the worse at about 9:30 a.m. and was placed on life-support.

The teen was taken off life-support the next day and died shortly thereafter.

After an autopsy was conducted, the 19-year-old's death was ruled a homicide. Cause was withheld for investigative purposes.

On Tuesday, February 8th, two men surrendered themselves to police at downtown headquarters, both with a lawyer in tow.

Brent William Todd, 20, and Travis John Gabriel Martin, 22, were then each charged with one count of manslaughter.

Police said Colby and the two men were not known to each other.

Investigators indicated they had yet to puzzle out exactly what sparked the altercation between the three men and were unsure if the alleged assault took place during the evening of Saturday, February 5th, or early Sunday, February 6th.

Police asked anyone with information about the matter to contact them at 780-423-4567, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or online at Tips can also be text messaged.

The manslaughter charges suggested that police believed there was a lesser level of intent than murder in whatever had transpired between the men.

Depending on the outcome of further investigation, the charges could be altered.

"Sometimes a fight is not just a fight," homicide Det. Dan Jones said, warning others that there can often be severe – even if unintended – consequences to any sort of physical altercation.

Jones said the case was "one of the most tragic events you can deal with," where what seemed to be a minor dust-up ended up turning fatal.

Todd and Martin were released on cash bail with a number of conditions and were expected in court on February 11th.

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Police said the Buffalo club, the most recent nightspot incarnation inside the Boardwalk space, was not known as a trouble spot.

There was no word if surveillance cameras were in operation and if they had recorded anything of use.

Club employees and Colby's friends said it was likely a matter of the slightly-built NAIT student being in the wrong place at the wrong time and that he died as a result of a dispute over the arrival of a taxi.

On February 11th, lawyers on behalf of Todd and Martin appeared in court and had the matter set over to March 11th.

The accused remained free on bail.

A service for the popular young man was held on February 15th.

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