A man is due to be charged with second-degree murder today following the death of a popular gay rights activist.
CBC News reports today that Andre Noel Denny will appear in court to be charged over Mr Taavel’s death.
Mr Denny reportedly has a history of violence and mental illness.
He had been given an hour’s leave from the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth and failed to return.
He was found in a nearby alley and reportedly called him a “faggot”.
One close friend and fellow activist said of Mr Taavel said: ”He was always smiling and he cared deeply about justice and equality and fairness. He had a fierce and independent spirit. For that quality alone, I always admired him…”
He added: “We connected through writing and activism, and there was always an easy, kindred-spiritedness to our friendship. Halifax has lost a great, caring citizen. I’m going to miss him.”
Police have not ruled out the possibility of classifying the attack as a hate crime.