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Vigil for homeless man killed in Sydney

Almost 100 mourners have gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember the "quiet, gentle" homeless man who was murdered in a beachside Sydney suburb.

Peter Hofmann, 68, was found stabbed to death in his car near Maroubra beach on June 21.

His attackers have yet to be identified.

The vigil was held in a park off Mons Ave on Saturday night, not far from where Mr Hofmann was found. It raised $416 for Maroubra Salvation Army.

"The vigil was lovely, and the song was beautiful," local resident Dame Pyett posted on Facebook after the event.

"I found it horrific that this could happen in our sleepy quiet family friendly area. I hope they find the murderer and lock him/her up and chuck away the key."

The former bus driver has been described as a "quiet, gentle man" by his sister Patricia Hofmann, who lives in the UK.

Mr Hofmann became homeless after he was defrauded by a scam. He came to Australia as a Ten Pound Pom - one of many British migrants who sought a better life after World War II.

"I cannot thank you all enough for making my brother part of your community," his sister Patricia Hofmann, who lives in the UK, wrote on Facebook following his death.

© AAP 2017

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