Women in Black

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 Phil Carrasco, age 55, who died early Wednesday morning, August 5th, by suicide; he jumped from the 12th Avenue Bridge.  Phil had been homeless off and on for more than 15 years, and was beloved in the Lake City homeless and service provider communities.  He was a Real Change vendor and a veteran, and had spent time at the VA Hospital the week he died.  His is the SIXTH suicide of a homeless person in King County already this year.

At least 28 people have died outdoor/violent deaths in Seattle already this year.

(Taken from the Women in Black press release)

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