Later Saturday, his daughter, Stephanie was curled up in a chair and sobbing. "I just seen him on the ground and he was rolling his eyes back in," she cried.
Isfeld was taken to hospital and initially, the injuries did not look severe, police Const. Blair Good said.
While in hospital, Isfeld’s condition worsened. He died several hours later.
Five people who were in the home at the time of the fight were questioned by police, Good said. Investigators are awaiting autopsy reports to determine the official cause of death.
"The homicide unit is investigating it to determine if it’s a homicide," Good said. "They’re not ready to say it’s a homicide."
Isfeld’s death prompted an immediate outpouring of grief online, as friends and relatives mourned a man known for his generous nature and sense of humour. He had two sons and three daughters, and an online profile indicates he was a graduate of Grant Park High School.
"He’s a happy guy who just made everyone laugh," said one of Isfeld’s longtime friends, who wanted to remain anonymous. The friend said Isfeld was living in the small single-storey white home on Stuart Avenue.
Neighbours say it’s a quiet area where violence is rare, and the yellow police tape surrounding the property shocked many residents.
"It’s North Kildonan, not the North End," said Amanda Martin, noting most people who live in the neighbourhood are seniors or young families. "Nothing like this has ever happened here."
Bruce Williams, a longtime Stuart Avenue resident who lives next door to the home, said it’s a rental property that has seen multiple families move in and out over the last two years.
He said his new neighbours just moved in, and he saw them carrying groceries and furniture to the home all day Friday.
Williams looked out his window after 10 p.m. and saw people barbecuing. He said he never heard any fighting, and was stunned to see several police cars steps away from his front yard.
"It’s surprising," he said, standing in his driveway. "You don’t see things like this. You see them on TV. I thought, ‘Gee whiz, now what’s going on?’ "
Victim's family questions why paramedics parked down the street"
Garth Isfeld died after allegedly being hit on the head with a beer bottle during a North Kildonan house party on Saturday.
Family members are now questioning why paramedics parked down the street when they arrived forcing Isfeld to walk to the ambulance.
"They shouldn't have made him walk anywhere. If it was a head injury they should have been right there, not dragging him," said Isfeld's girlfriend Candy Krasnesky.
Police say the original 911 call came in as a shooting. If emergency crews face the threat of a firearm the ambulance may stage until police say it's safe.
Family members say Isfeld was throwing a birthday party for his 18-year old daughter when an uninvited guest showed up. Isfeld asked the man to leave and was allegedly hit over the head with a beer bottle.
"I just seen him on the ground and he was rolling his eyes back in" said his daughter Stephanie Krasnesky
"There was so much blood everywhere. I just grabbed a pillow and put it around his head."
Neighbours say the party got rowdy several hours in and people could be heard screaming telling a man to leave.
Police were called to the home in the 200 block of Stuart Avenue around 12:30 a.m. after reports of the attack.
The victim was rushed to hospital where family members say his condition worsened because of blood clots. The 44-year old man was pronounced dead in hospital.
Police have charged 23-year old Darren James Hall with manslaughter in connection with the death.