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A skit starring comedian Darren Frost jesting about the circumstances surrounding the July 30 slaying of Tim McLean was posted on YouTube this month.
The four-minute video was removed Wednesday.
McLean family lawyer Jay Prober said the clip made him sick to his stomach.
"It's totally disgusting," said Prober. "It just shows the immaturity and callousness of some people."
After spending the summer travelling with a carnival, young McLean worked a games booth during Edmonton's Capital Ex before catching a Winnipeg-bound bus home in late July.
He was killed and beheaded near Portage la Prairie. A 40-year-old Edmonton man has been charged with first-degree murder.
Prober said it's hardly a matter to joke about. "There is no humour in this," he said. "It borders on being evil."
An Edmonton-based musician who wrote a song about McLean's death, called Ten O'Clock Tim, shared his contempt.
"I'm really offended, actually," said D.J. Kraeden. "It's not right for somebody to be doing that. That's beyond entertainment."
But Frost, who is based in Toronto, said the skit did not make fun of McLean but poked fun at the media's reaction to the situation.
— The Canadian Press