Canadian Magazine Industry News
17 April 2012,     HALIFAX, NS
Long-time employee at Buddhist magazine dies following attack
There's news of a tragic nature today in the magazine world, with the death of Raymond Taavel, assistant circulation manager for Shambala Sun magazine based in Halifax, N.S.

The Shambala Sun posted about the tragic event on its website today. "We were blessed to have his presence, expertise and uncommon warmth in our lives for some twelve years," reads the statement on the website, which also notes Taavel, who was a "dedicated LGBT rights activist", was murdered outside a club in Halifax last night.


Much media buzz has followed the incident, with a National Post article explaining Taavel died early this morning after he was beaten outside a gay bar. Police said in the Post article they have made an arrest, and that the suspect was reported missing from the East Coast Forensic Unit.

Taavel was a writer and the former editor of Wayves, a gay and lesbian magazine.

The Shambala Sun said it was closing its offices this afternoon to reflect on their fallen colleague. There are no details yet about a service.

The Shambala Sun focuses on Buddhism, culture, meditation and life and has developed an international reputation.
— Jeff Hayward
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