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Family and friends of a slain 15-year-old gathered Tuesday evening at the spot where the boy was stabbed, while investigators continued to work to find his killer.

Clark Stevenson died of injuries he received early Saturday morning near the corner of College Avenue and Aikins Street.

   
Poster memorializes Clark Stevenson.

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Poster memorializes Clark Stevenson.

He is the city's 30th homicide victim of the year.

Barb Towegejick, the boy's aunt, said the teen was simply "Clarky" to those close to him.

She said her nephew lived in the North End, and was the youngest of seven children. The baby-faced boy wasn't in school at the time of his death, but family said he was talking about going back.

  Friends and relatives of Clark 'Clarky'  Stevenson gather at the corner of Aikins Street and College Avenue for a vigil Tuesday afternoon.

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Friends and relatives of Clark 'Clarky' Stevenson gather at the corner of Aikins Street and College Avenue for a vigil Tuesday afternoon.

"As a child, he was very much into school and very active, and very bright," said Towegejick.

The teenager had posted messages online referring to a street gang, but family saw a softer side.

"He was a little helper," said Towegejick.

She said later: "If there was a tire that needed to be changed, or anything that needed to be done, he was always (pretty) much willing, hands on, to do those things. And he was a kind, soft-spoken boy."

Towegejick wasn't alone in her sentiments, as dozens of friends and family members gathered at the southwest corner of College and Aikins to mark the boy's death.

One carried a wreath with a red ribbon bearing Clark's name. Others put up messages dedicated to the slain boy, or placed photos.

Towegejick said family held out hope Clark would survive the attack, but despite surgery he succumbed to massive injuries.

She said her nephew was stabbed six times, three to his heart and three to his lungs.

"It's been a roller-coaster ride because we thought there was hope," said Towegejick.

"He had collapsed and the police officer revived him on the scene."

Winnipeg Police Service spokeswoman Const. Natalie Aitken said detectives from the homicide unit are working on the case, but still haven't determined if there was a single attacker or multiple attackers involved.

"There was a number of people within that area. Our understanding is that this individual was with another male when they encountered a group of males," said Aitken.

Aitken wouldn't comment on a motive for the attack or how links to street gangs may have sparked it.

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call 986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 786-8477 (TIPS).

gabrielle.giroday@freepress.mb.ca