Every time a homeless person is found dead outside or dies by violence in King County, WHEEL (a homeless women’s organizing effort) and the Church of Mary Magdalene (an ecumenical day ministry) mobilize for our silent witnessing vigil called Women in Black.
Today, we stand in honor and memory of Patrick “Pat” Vanstelle, 49, who was found dead at Gasworks Park on June 16th. The cause of his death is not yet known. At the request of his friend, who was there when Pat’s body was discovered in Gasworks Park, has requested that we hold a “cleansing ritual,” which will also be held today.
At least 16 people have died outdoor/violent deaths in Seattle already this year.
(Taken from the Women in Black press release)