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UPPER TANTALLON, N.S. — People gathered at a funeral home in a small community on Nova Scotia’s south coast on Wednesday to remember a university student who police say was killed last month inside a Halifax apartment.

Friends and family members filled the home to pay tribute at the private service to Taylor Samson, a 22-year-old physics student who disappeared Aug. 15 and whose remains have not been found.

William Sandeson, a 22-year-old varsity track athlete who was about to start classes at Dalhousie’s medical school, was charged with first-degree murder on Aug. 20, four days after Samson was reported missing.

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Sandeson appeared in court last week and his lawyer said his client will seek bail and intends to enter a not guilty plea.

The case was put over to Sept. 24 to give the defence time to get more disclosure from the Crown.  

A search warrant document was obtained by three media outlets recently before it was sealed by a judge.

They reported that the document alleges Samson was involved in a drug deal involving marijuana before his death.

Investigators subsequently searched two properties in Sandeson’s hometown of Truro, N.S., saying they discovered several items of interest.

The Canadian Press

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