February 6, 2013
Vol: 20 No: 6


Advocates hold vigil for homeless people who passed away in January

By Colleen Fontana / Editorial Intern

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Volunteers found the body of Kathryn Ann Blair, 60, during the annual One Night Count homeless census Jan. 25. Blair had died of hypothermia.

At noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, Women’s Housing, Equality and Enhancement League (WHEEL) and the Church of Mary Magdalene will stand in silence outside the Seattle Justice Center, at Fifth Avenue and Cherry Street, in remembrance of Blair and another person who died on the street. Byron Barnes, 47, was found in a Ballard parking lot on Jan. 20. The cause of his death is still pending.

The vigil is organized under the auspices of Women in Black, an international network of women who hold silent vigils against violence.

The Feb. 6 vigil is also dedicated to the memory of Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE) worker Stuart “Stu” Wright and Angeline’s Center for Homeless Women community member Karen Camy, who both died recently at Harborview Hospital.

Every homeless person found dead in King County is remembered in a silent vigil. 

There were 33 vigils in 2012.



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