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. Having just received an updated 2009 list, on Wednesday, March 3rd, we will stand vigil to honor and remember:
- JEFFERY HEBERT, 51, who was found dead at the Gilman Playground (in Ballard) on December 19th (the cause of his death is pending),
- JOHN CHENEY, 54, who died by suicide (from the Aurora Bridge) on December 21st, and
- MICHAEL DOUBLES, 56, who was found dead of natural causes at NE 68th and Weedin Place NE on December 31st.
At least 38 homeless people died outdoor/violent deaths in King County in 2009, and we are heart broken that 10 of these were deaths by suicide. At least two homeless people have died outdoor/violent deaths already this year. Where is the community outcry? Please join our vigil if you are able to!
(Taken from the Women in Black press release)