Family, friends of missing man found in dumpster hold vigil

CREATED Feb. 23, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Dozens of family, friends, and co-workers gathered inside the Astor Hotel Saturday evening to share special moments and memories of a man found dumped in a Milwaukee dumpster last week.

Dwight Killibrew disappeared shortly after wrapping up his shift at the Astor last December.

"Tonight is about remembering him."

He's "Gene" to those who knew him well. And Dwight Killibew had many who did.

"Every family has a Gene at their reunion that makes you laugh, makes you roll on your stomach and just fall out..," recalled Tiny McMillon, a cousin of Killibrew's.

With an infectious smile and kind heart, Dwight left an impression on people in a number of ways.

Niece Tonia Killibrew loved her uncle's honest, upfront attitude. Dwight was coordinating her upcoming fall wedding.

"It's been really, really hard."

His sister Christine Patterson smiled remembering her brother's style.

"He's all about style. I mean if you had on something - 'Oh no, that don't match!' He was very particular," laughed Patterson.

And at family holidays: "He's the only one that can set that table and make it look like something in a magazine book".

Saturday, friends and family took turns sharing their favorite "Dwight moments".

They also prayed for answers, and justice.

Police are still investigating the circumstances of Dwight's death while his family struggles to understand why anyone would want to hurt a man who they say gave freely to others.

"We have a lot of faith in Jesus so by relying on him, we're getting by."