“He was definitely part of the makeup of our community,” Elie’s friend Jason Pelletier told CP24 earlier this week.

“Something that brings us together, especially in this community, was our music and he was the guy who pressed play for the party to start.

“When I think of his last moments they were not good and for somebody who so nice and positive and such a force in our community to go out that way is just devastating.”

“He is the friendliest person you’ll ever meet,” Krys Cee, the manager of Crews & Tango, told CBC.

“When I heard the news, it was like a punch to the gut.”