ONEIDA, N.Y. - Dozens of people showed up to a candlelight vigil in Oneida Wednesday night for 22-year-old Tyler McBain who was killed at his home in Oneida Castle Tuesday.
One of McBain's best friends, Nicholas Hart, said it was important to hold a vigil to celebrate McBain's life.
"He was such a beautiful soul, he touched everybody he came into contact with, that's why you see such a great turnout here tonight," Hart said. "Everyone he came into contact with, he made them smile within seconds, he was truly a great soul taken far too soon."
Friends and family spoke about what they loved most about McBain.
"Just all the goofiness, he was always smiling, he could light up a room with his smile, it was contagious." Hart said. "He would lookout for everybody even if his life was hard, he cared more about other people than himself and it really showed."
Hart says he wants to help keep McBain's memory alive, especially for his family.
"I want him to fly high and look over all of us and he was truly a man that was there for his family," Hart said. "We're going to be there for his child, his girlfriend, and her family and everything along those lines, they wont be going through this alone at all."
A GoFundMe account has been set up for McBain’s family.