Friday, January 25, 2008

Slaying of gay man in Dorchester leaves police baffled

Here's a developing story I'm working on with new EDGE reporter Amy Tennery. If anyone has any insight into this brutal murder or spent time with Yakovleff at the Eagle on Wednesday, Jan. 16, please e-mail me at sjbaltrusis@yahoo.com.

One look at Daniel Yakovleff’s Facebook profile and it’s easy to figure out that he was loved. Like many his age, Yakovleff frequented the social networking site, where he shared inside jokes with friends and where he posted pictures.

The popular hairstylist with the exclusive Liquid Hair Studios salon had a loyal following of clients and friends. On his profile, the 20-year-old Red Sox fan wrote: "I’m a hairstylist, very happy with my life."

But shortly after moving to Boston, Yakovleff’s happy life was cut short. Police discovered the body of Yakovleff, the victim of a lethal stabbing, in a home in the Savin Hill area of Dorchester on Thursday, January 17.

UPDATE: Police are looking for anyone who saw Yakovleff in the Savin Hill area or in the South End in the late hours of Wednesday, Jan. 16 and the early hours of Thursday, Jan. 17. Cops are especially interested in anyone who may know who the victim was with during those hours or what kind of transportation he used. Call the Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470 with any information.

Here's the complete article in EDGE Boston.

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