The friends and family of a woman whose dismembered torso was discovered in a Kitchener, Ont. dumpster are holding a candlelight vigil Monday to honour the murdered 24-year-old.

The vigil is being held at city hall in Kitchener more than a week after Kelsey Felker’s T-shirt-clad torso was discovered in a garbage bin behind an apartment building.

Police have arrested Stephen Johnson, 37, of Kitchener in connection with Felker’s death. He is facing charges of first-degree murder and committing an indignity to a dead body.

Johnson was a resident of the building where Felker’s torso was found.

Police later found more of Felker’s remains at two different Kitchener sites.

Felker’s grisly murder has brought shock to the community, but vigil organizer Michelle Fitzgerald is hoping her close friend will be remembered as a lovely person.

“I’d like people to remember her as a fighter and a very sweet loving young woman,” Fitzgerald told CTV Kitchener.

Fitzgerald added Felker was “an amazing woman” who looked out for others.

Regional police have yet to determine a cause of death but said they are focused on recovering additional human remains as they await autopsy results.

With a report from CTV Kitchener’s Nicole Lampa