The assistant circulation manager of Shambala Sun magazine in Halifax was the victim of a brutal murder overnight. Raymond Taavel was beaten to death in what was apparently a homophobic attack outside the gay bar Menz. Police soon arrested a man who was a patient out on unescorted leave from the Central Nova Correctional Facility.
Taavel was well known as an activist both for Pride Week and for Fair Vote Nova Scotia. For several years, until January 2011, he worked on production at the gay magazine Wayves. He was described by a friend as "probably the most harmless person I have ever met."For further information and updates, see Open File's Halifax blog.
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