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A look back at the life, death of Va. 'goth' Dirk Smiler

The girlfriend of Dirk Smiler, the gourmand Goth and D.C. club scene fixture, was arrested Tuesday and charged in Fairfax County with his murder.

Shortly after Smiler, 37, whose full name was Nathan N. Smiler, died, The Post's Tom Jackman examined the hole his absence caused within the community of friends that existed around him.

From the profile:

The 37-year-old Northern Virginia native spent his evenings as a sommelier in Potomac but his nights as a voracious, constant presence on the D.C. club scene -- dancing, drinking, chasing women and hosting countless after-parties after last call. When news of his shooting death Monday night in Annandale rocketed around the Internet, tribute Web sites erupted with page after page of remembrances and smiles and raised toasts to a widely loved personality in the sometimes intersecting worlds of the Goth community, the restaurant industry, science fiction and Renaissance fair lovers, and dedicated night owls everywhere.

That profile can be read on The Post's web site.

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 30, 2010; 1:18 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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