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A 20-year-old college student was stabbed to death early yesterday during a rave called Rhythm of Life at the Docks, one of Canada's biggest and loudest clubs, in Toronto's port area.

Police said it was not clear what led to the killing of Salim Jabaji, a Hamilton resident studying at the Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology. There was "an altercation with some other gentleman," Detective Sergeant Mike Davis said, "and he got stabbed." No immediate arrest was made.

Police estimated that 1,000 to 2,000 people were in the club, which had been rented for a $30-a-ticket, all-night dance party promoted by a Toronto-based firm, Hullabaloo. It featured disc jockeys on two dance floors playing music in styles labelled happy hardcore, jungle, trance, hard house and nu-nrg.

The dancers "had a bunch of pacifiers in their mouths," Det. Sgt. Davis said. "Whether that tells you something, I have no idea."

In October, police laid drug-related charges against 11 people after seizing such drugs as ecstasy, methamphetamines and marijuana at a Hullabaloo rave at the Docks. Ecstasy users sometimes suck on oversized baby soothers to help ease jaw clenching and teeth grinding associated with the drug.

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