Candles for Jordan Dordell (with photos)

By Erika Mahoney

November 10, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM EDT

Binghamton, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) As the sun set Sunday evening, Mygatt Street brightened with hundreds of candles.

Friends and family of murder victim Jordan Dordell, 23, paid tribute to his life with a candlelight vigil in front of his home on Mygatt Street.

Dordell was about to become a husband and a father.

Friends say he will be greatly missed.

"He was really probably the funniest person I ever met," John Shafer said. "And he was really dedicated to his family."

"He would give you the shirt off his back just because you were cold," Michael Wallace said. "It didn't matter if he didn't have anything else to wear. He was just that kid. He was there for everybody. When they were in their darkest times, he was their to lift them up."

Hundreds of people braved the cold to light candles for Jordan. They were also there to support his pregnant fiancee, Rachel.

"She definitely has a long road ahead," Ashley Croop said.

Rachel is still recovering in the hospital, according to her friends. She survived the attack that took Jordan's life. She escaped the home that had been set on fire.

"She lost everything," Shafer said. "She lost all the baby clothes. She lost all her clothes, she lost a lot of memories."

Those holding candles said they are going to become the big family Jordan always dreamed of having for Rachel.

"I would like to see her have everything that anyone could possibly give to her because she deserves it, she deserves a brighter future," Croop said.

The hundreds of candles were a testament to that.

"A lot of people loved him as you can see," Drew Lewis said. "There's a lot of good people here supporting him. I'm proud of Binghamton for doing such a good thing."

The entire block was shut down to pay tribute to Jordan, Rachel and her future child. Flowers, cards and pictures dotted the front of 32 Mygatt St., the home where the attack occurred.

A microphone was set up so people could share their memories of Jordan, whether in words or song.

"He was a gift," Wallace said. "He was a gift to everyone."

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