The funeral for Scott Preece, who was stabbed to death in Edmonton early on Aug. 7, was held in Devon, Alta., on Friday.
Many of the hundreds of mourners were dressed in sports jerseys at the request of the family, who said Preece, 28, loved sports. Family members had said he was, in particular, a fan of the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL.
Preece, who grew up in Devon, was at an Eskimos game the evening before he was killed.
He and a man he didn't know exchanged words outside a west-end Edmonton convenience store in the early hours of Aug 7.
The man followed Preece and a friend as they walked away across a parking lot and stabbed Preece, killing him.
Darcy Preece, Scott's cousin, said the service at the Devon community centre was a celebration of the life of "a carefree, easygoing guy."
"It was a town coming together, a community coming together, and celebrating who Scott was and what he meant to everyone in this town and in our family," Darcy Preece said.
Scott Preece's brother gave the eulogy and two friends prepared a slide show, Darcy Preece said.
There were 450 chairs set up before the service and more had to be set out to accommodate all the mourners, he said.
Preece's family again asked for help finding their son's killer, urging anyone with information to contact police.
"Today it's about Scott and tomorrow we'll continue our hunt for this guy and we won't rest until he's found," Darcy Preece said.