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.
On Wednesday, October 7th, we will stand for three new homeless deaths. The people we will honor and remember are:
- Michael Farr, 39, who died of undetermined cause at Olive Way and 6th Ave on September 8th ,
- Daniel Blake Carson, 49, who was found dead of natural causes in a warehouse in Tukwila on September 13th.
We also want to dedicate this vigil to the memory of our friend, Al Farr, who died last month in this outdoor shelter community.
At least 32 people have died outdoor/violent deaths in Seattle already this year. Women in Black are very concerned about all of these deaths, the horrible causes of death (suicide, being run over by cars and trains, murder) and the lack of available shelter. Without shelter and loving community, people die. This is exactly why Nickelsville and other day/night shelters are so desperately needed.
(Taken from the Women in Black press release)