Troy Napope’s friends and family gather at the site where his body was found.

The family and friends of a murdered Prince Albert man are getting some long-awaited closure.

The funeral for Troy Cecil Napope started on Wednesday morning in Beardy’s Recreation Centre.

It’s been nearly 11 months since the 23-year-old man was last seen.

Napope’s May 2015 disappearance led to intensive searches by the RCMP, and two men are in custody related to his death. Both Napope’s family and police have made connections between his death and gang activity in Prince Albert.

Last week, RCMP Major Crimes found what they believed to be his remains in a rural area about 10 kilometres west of the Prince Albert Penitentiary. After MBC contacted RCMP Media Relations on Wednesday morning, the RCMP issued a release stating the autopsy by the Office of the Chief Coroner confirmed the remains were those of Napope.

There were wake services on Sturgeon Lake and Beardy’s earlier this week, and Napope’s funeral started late Wednesday morning on Beardy’s.

People have been sharing memories on a Facebook page dedicated to finding Napope and posting photos of him in younger years.