The gruesome murder of Tim McLean touched millions, and made headlines around the world.

Sunday night the people who knew him best honoured him at a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Manitoba legislature.

Some of the roughly 100 people who showed up clutched pictures of McLean and embraced each other silently.

McLean's older sister and younger brother spoke to CTV News about their slain brother and remembered him as a "gentle soul."

"He didn't think about himself at all," his brother Kendall Dedelley remembered. "He'd only have one article of clothing on him and he'd give it to you if you asked."

Family and friends of McLean say that they want people to remember the young man for the way he lived, not the horrific way he died.

"I just want people to remember him as a good guy . . . he lived life to the fullest," Dedelley said. "He had a huge heart, it was so heavy."

"I've never seen him upset," Amanda Corrigan added, saying her brother always laughing and happy.

"He shone very bright in our family."

"He's still there," Dedelley responded quietly.

Friends and family have erected a memorial along the Trans-Canada Highway where he died.

McLean was also remembered during a memorial service that was held by fellow carnival workers on the last day of the Buffalo Days fair in Regina on Sunday morning.  More than 200 hundred people attended.

His death has prompted tens of thousands of messages of condolence to the McLean family on websites such as Facebook.

"I just wanted to say that I am so, so sorry for your loss. My heart and soul are hurting with you and for you," wrote Lisa Morgan of Inverness, Florida.

"I didn't know Tim McLean but I was shocked and disgusted to learn of his violent death. For an innocent man to be the victim of such a horrendous act of evil is so sad," wrote Lauren Furlong of Kitchener, Ont.

With files from the Canadian Press