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By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Saturday, June 28th, Mille Ballai, the 34 year-old charismatic co-owner of the Alto Vidigal hostel died from a head trauma resulting from a serious altercation. Police found valuables, including about $7,000 in cash, a computer and two cellphones, suggesting the incident wasn't the result of an attempted robbery.

Living in Sweden, Ballai’s family were informed of his death on Sunday but have found it hard to communicate with police in Rio. Speaking to the Swedish newspaper GT, his mother, Moshgan Ballai said: “We try calling . . .

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