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, November 4th, we will stand for two new homeless deaths. The people we will honor and remember are:
- Rulon Smith, 55, who died by suicide (gunshot wound) in North Bend on 9/27;
- Lance Loder, 58, who died by suicide (from the Aurora Bridge) on 10/6.
Our hearts go out to their friends and family.
The nubmer of homeless deaths outside or by violence this year now stands at 34. Eight of these deaths have been suicide. Women in Black consider this to be a public health crisis! We 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)