"We are united in our grief and will remain undefeated"
(from the opening page of Mukto-mona (Free Thought).)
On February 26, Avijit Roy and his wife were returning from a book signing in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They were attacked by religious extremist and Roy was brutually hacked to death. (She is currently in critical condition.)
Avijit Roy was an outspoken atheist and critic of religious extremists. He founded the Bangladeshi liberal blog Mukta-Mona in which debate and rational discussion were prized. He was noted for engaging folks who disagreed with his ideals and thoughts in discourse and debate.
On the site dnaindia.com, Avijit Roy's daughter (who he adopted when he married Rafida Ahmed Banya) spoke out about her relationship with her father. She said this about him in a twitter post:
"He and my mom started dating when I was six years old. In the twelve years that followed, he became my friend, my hero, my most trusted confidante, my dance partner (even though we're both terrible dancers), and my father. Not once did he tell me to simmer down or be more polite; he taught me to be informed, bold and unafraid."