November 28, 2012
Vol: 19 No: 48

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Homeless man dies in Ballard Commons Park

by: RC Staff

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Advocates for the homeless will hold a silent vigil Nov. 28 at the King County Municipal Courthouse in memory of Don Farquharson, who was found dead Nov. 17 at Ballard Commons Park, apparently of natural causes.

The Ballard News-Tribune reported that a man named Byron, who was friends with Farquharson for about 30 years, said Farquharson was in his 50s and was Eskimo and Tlingit. Farquharson was from Alaska. He grew up in Juneau and lived in Anchorage before coming to Seattle. Byron said that Farquharson had been sleeping on the sidewalk.

Before he became homeless, Farquharson was a longshoreman. He is survived by one son, DJ, 15 who lives in South Seattle, Byron told the newspaper.

“He was caring, giving and very intellectual,” Byron said. “He will be dearly missed.”

According to WHEEL, Church of Mary Magdalene and Women in Black, organizers of the vigil, 28 homeless people have died outside or by violence in King County in 2012.

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