LGBT rights activist Julian Aubrey was found stabbed to death this week in his West London flat, the Evening Standard reports. Police discovered Aubrey, 55, with multiple knife wounds.
The British campaigner was a former co-chairman of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea LGBT liaison group. He met Princess Anne in 2014 in recognition of his work as a counselor with victims of sexual abuse.
“Julian was a great guy,” says Aubrey’s brother-in-law Nigel Turner. “He had his problems but he had a lot of time for other people. He did a lot of counseling work. He was a good counselor, he had great empathy, and I’m sure he helped a lot of people. He loved art, he loved people.”
Block residents say Aubrey had been involved in several disputes with neighbors and that police had been frequently called to the scene in recent months. “He does bits and pieces to wind people up,” says one neighbor. “He antagonized people, but he’s a human being. He didn’t deserve to die in the manner he did.”
“I am appealing for anyone who was recently in the area of Shaftesbury Place and who may have heard a disturbance coming from one of the flat to contact us” says Detective Chief Inspector Luke Marks. “I would also like to hear from anyone who may know why Julian was targeted in his own home in such a violent way.”
Scotland Yard reports that three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder: Two men, aged 48 and 56, were held at the scene of the crime; a third man, 42, was arrested later.