Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Friends of James Gifford gathered Sunday at the same 7-Eleven where he was attacked, to mourn his death with a candlelight vigil.
Since Gifford's death, the community has been struggling to make sense of the tragedy. Neighbors, friends and fellow worshipers of Gifford's all attended the vigil.
One special group there was Gifford's former colleagues from the Van Duyn Home and Hospital. They spent the evening recalling memories of their friend, who they say spent time with patients and was the first to buy a candy bar for a school fundraiser.
One of those people, Kelly Neish, said, "This allowed to come together and share our stories and grieve together and mourn together."
Gifford was described as kind, compassionate and gentle soul. Carol Mathews said, "I think he would have been flabbergasted to think all these people came out for him."
The vigil also helped the neighborhood share their anger together, all still upset that a violent act took their friend's life away.
Police say 18-year-old Romeo Williams attacked Gifford and is now charged with assault, but more serious charges are expected.