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Idealistic Brooklyn lawyer’s suicide is still a mystery

May 29, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
David Buckel, seen here in 2006. AP Photo/Jose F. Moreno, Pool, File
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Neighbors are still mystified by the suicide of Brooklyn lawyer David Buckel, who left his home near Prospect Park, walked to a small lawn in the park and set himself on fire on April 14. Buckel was best remembered for his work at Lambda Legal, a national organization that defends the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. From about 1995 to 2008, he argued cases in court for LGBT youth and advocated for gay marriage on the state level, according to The New York Times.

“David’s personality was such that anything he wanted to do, he would work really hard to understand it, more so than the average person,” his husband, Terry Kaebler, told the Times. In the last few years, Buckel was involved in environmental causes and ran a compost site at the Red Hook Community Farm. At the end of every day, he would reportedly tell his crew, “Today you made the world a better place.”

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