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In Memory of Daniel A. Yakovleff

*If you saw Dan on the night of Wednesday January 16 please call the Boston Police at 617-343-4470.

Daniel A. Yakovleff, known as Dan, was a 20 year old gay man who styled hair at the popular Liquid Hair Salon in Boston's South End. He was well known and liked by the local community, particularly the young gay community who frequent local establishments such as Tremont 647 and the Eagle. Dan was last seen leaving the Eagle on Wednesday night, and was found stabbed in a Dorchester apartment early Thursday (Jan. 17) morning.

Dan was a positive person who always brought a smile to your face. He was very serious about pursuing his dreams of becoming a well established hair stylist, and already had a loyal following of customers. He was never shy about giving us free feedback or tips on our hair!

Family and friends are in shock and continue to struggle to figure out who would target Dan and why. Everyone who knew Dan would say he was one of the most non-violent, positive people you'd ever meet. His gay friends and acquaintances have expressed concern that police may not take the situation as seriously as they should, given the circumstances, and many of us are feeling that this is a difficult reminder of the risk we take when we go home with someone we do not know.

As rumors are cleared up and more details become public, we will report them to you here.

"A memorial service for Daniel Yakovleff is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Knowlton Memorial Hall on Route 44, next to Ashford Town Hall. The family has asked that donations in Daniel's name be made to Joshua's Trust Gifts and Contributions, P.O. Box 4, Mansfield Center, CT 06250.'

news: (updated 1/26/08)


John Hosty-Grinnell said...

In trying to find more information on this tragedy, I'm aghast as to how little coverage there is. Where is the meida coverage of this?

Trevor Wright said...

Mark, that was well put. Thanks

Dan was a good friend, and an amazing person. Sticking to his word and being loyal to all of his friends. I will miss him.

There will be car pooling to CT tomorrow, if anyone would like a ride please contact me @

Kevin said...

My best wishes to the family and a swift resolution to the case... I knew Dan and hope that, where ever he is, he is in a better place and that his killer is found.

ELLE said...

Jill B said...

There is not enough media coverage on this...but we will have to remember Dan in our hearts, and know that he had enough people who loved him to create something more meaningful than any newspaper ever could


Alsoknownas said...

This is so sad. I didn't know the guy but any life lost is one too many. Though I'm sad there's no coverage in Mass media I'm glad others are trying to pick this up.

Erik said...

I knew Dan since he was a young man. He was always funny, and whitty. I always liked him, and am very sad for him and his family. Keep them in your prayers and thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Channel 7 is investigating this story. Please call us if you knew Daniel or have information regarding his murder. 617-725-0775.

Scott said...

My partner and I currently reside in Jacksonville, Florida, but are former southend residents. We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Daniel's murder and with all our hearts, we hope that his killer will soon be discovered and punished for his crime.

To all of you who are Dan's friends, stick together, support one another and know that people from all walks of life care about this awful, horrific and tragic end to your friend's life.

Do not let up on the media coverage and don't let the police investigation waiver. Someone out there saw or heard something that can help the police find Dan's killer.

My partner and I send our thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Charley said...

No one will ever no how much I miss Dan! I attended Blaine with him for about a year. We became good friends. After he graduated we kind of feel out of touch. I'd see him out and about, and I hung out with him a few times. Not as much as we did when we were in school. I saw him 4 days before his murder! I'm glad I got to see his face. I miss you love! I'll never forget you! NEVER!

Lil' Genghis' mom n dad said...

I knew Dan from Liquid. Not only he was a talented professional, he was also fun and sweet and knew how to make us clients smile. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Be well wherever you are, Dan.

Suzana Stucka
Newton, MA