Dylan Kenney was the kind of person anyone would want for a friend.

Thoughtful, caring, capable.

On Wednesday, through tears and smiles, family and friends gathered to remember the 25-year-old near the spot where he was fatally stabbed Sunday. Police have arrested three men in connection with his death.

“He thought about others before he thought of himself,” his sister Sumner Kenney said to those gathered around her.

And he tried to find the good in situations. If someone was talking negatively, Dylan would try to help that person recast the situation in a better light, another mourner recalled.

“He naturally understood people, he felt their goodness,” said family friend Lynn Wilson.

The prayer gathering at 13th and Center Streets was organized by a group called First Responders Prayer Walks, which has been holding similar events for nearly every Omaha homicide since 2007. The group’s goal is to lift up both the family and the larger community. The effort was co-founded by the Rev. Dave Gerhls, and Wednesday’s prayer walk was the first since Gerhls’ death in March.

A carpenter by trade, Kenney was owner and operator of Dylan’s Decks and Woodworking. And he also used those skills in volunteering, to help others.

“He was caring and he was smart, and he used both those to help others,” said family member Tuan Tran. “He was the definition of love. If you were having a bad day, Dylan would want to make it better.”

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