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Gay activist mourned after beating death

Friends recall the passion and drive of Raymond Taavel a day after he was beaten to death outside a Halifax gay bar. The accused, who has a history of mental illness, is in court today.

Mourners have been gathering at a Halifax vigil after gay activist Raymond Taavel was beaten to death outside a gay bar, while the accused, who has a history of mental illness, is in court today.

Kevin Kindred, a spokesman with the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project who organized the vigil, recalls Taavel as passionate and driven.