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Harley Lawrence vigil in Berwick expected to draw hundreds

10/26/2013 01:57 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
The pastor organizing Saturday night's candlelight vigil for 62-year-old Harley Lawrence — a homeless man who died in a burning bus shelter in Berwick, N.S., this week — is expecting hundreds of people to attend.

Pastor John Andrew is hoping people can ignore the rumours surrounding the case and try to focus on Lawrence himself.

“It’s really about beginning the healing. This was a horrific death that has really rattled the town. There’s lots of speculation and rumours surrounding it. We’re going to push that all aside tonight and try to honour Harley Lawrence as a human being,” he said.

He said Lawrence's family will be in attendance tonight.

Lawrence was homeless man who'd been living on the streets of Berwick for about six months.     

He died Wednesday morning after the bus shelter he was sleeping in caught fire.

Police are treating Lawrence’s death as suspicious and are awaiting autopsy results.  

Some eyewitnesses to the fire said they saw two young men fill jugs with gasoline and move towards the shelter before the fire. Police say they have no comment on the witness reports.

The vigil begins at 9 p.m. Saturday in the Foodland Parking lot close to where Lawrence was found dead.

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