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Vigil for homeless man murdered in Sydney

Almost 100 mourners have gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember homeless man Peter Hofmann, who was murdered in a beachside Sydney suburb.

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

Detectives located the offender's knife within hours but his attackers have yet to be identified.

Police this week scoured a rubbish tip nearly 40 kilometres away after a witness claimed to have seen items being dumped in a bin near the crime scene.

Investigators were searching for clothing the killer may have been wearing at the time.

The vigil was held in a park off Mons Ave on Saturday night, not far from where Mr Hofmann was found.

"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 vigil raised $416 for Maroubra Salvation Army.

Randwick City Council Mayor Noel D'Souza and NSW Police Superintendent Karen McCarthy, who is leading the investigation, were reportedly among the mourners.

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.

Ms Hofmann says her brother would have been embarrassed by all the attention.

"I cannot thank you all enough for making my brother part of your community," she wrote on Facebook.

© AAP 2017

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