June 22, 2018

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Vancouver Remembers: Vigil for Toronto’s Victims of Serial Killer

Sunday, February 4th, Vancouver Remembers stands in solidarity

In the wake of the disturbing revelations that a serial killer has been arrested for killing innocent men in Toronto, the news has shocked the country, the LGBTQ2+ community, and other communities.  Toronto Police continue their investigation, five men have been confirmed victims thus far. For years citizens and community leaders believed there was a potential serial killer at work, and for many years those victims waited for justice.

Painful Emotions for Many

The CBRC (Community Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Heath), and HIM (Health Initiative for Men) invite you to join the community on February 4th, to collectively mourn the victims of violence and the heinous acts committed. Club XYYVR, at 1216 Bute (Jim Deva Plaza) has provided the space for the community to come together to grieve, express ourselves, and remember those who have lost their lives.

Following the community healing and remembrance gathering, a candlelight moment of silence will take place in Jim Deva Plaza (Davie St @ Bute St), in Vancouver’s Davie Village.

Counselors from HIM will be on site to offer support and resources. Efforts are currently being made to secure ASL-EN interpretation.

Majeed Kayhan, 58

Soroush Mahmudi, 50

Selim Esen, 44

Andrew Kinsman, 49

Dean Lisowick, 44

These men were lured from dating sites or the street to their deaths. Toronto police are working at 30 different locations where severed bodies have been disposed of in large potted planters.

The serial killer, Bruce McArthur, 66, has been charged with 5 counts of first degree murder. Numbers of victims are speculative at the point as police continue uncovering evidence and completing forensic work.

Vancouver Remembers

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Club XYYVR, 1218 Bute Street, just off the Jim Deva Plaza

7 PM to 9 PM

Link to Vancouver Remembers Facebook event page here.

This event takes place on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and that these territories were never ceded through treaty, war or surrender.

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