Duane McArthur, shown here in an undated photo, was killed in a shooting at an Edmonton spa in April 2009. ((Courtesy of Donna Shannon))

Two men from an Edmonton neighbourhood who were slain while at work were remembered on Saturday.

More than 1,000 people were on hand when Duane McArthur and Dilbag Sandju were honoured at a barbecue and safety fair organized by the Mill Woods Crime Council. 

McArthur, 44, was gunned down at his Mill Woods spa in April 2009; Sandju was shot during a robbery at a Mill Woods convenience store on June 17, 2005.  

The theme was to celebrate Mill Woods as a safe place to live, and organizer Steve Bradshaw said the crime council is making a difference in the community.

"We seek to target the underlying causes of crime — the social-injustice issues and poverty issues and a lot of the family problems that there are behind criminal activity in our community," he said. 

Edmonton police, Neighbourhood Empowerment teams and other social agencies were at the event.