Vigil held for homeless victims


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Dozens of people gathered in downtown Albuquerque Friday to remember the homeless men and woman who died this year. It began with a procession from the “Homeless Memorial Wall” on First Street to the Immaculate Conception Church on copper.

The names of all who died this year were read aloud.

Among those were three people who were killed. In June, Nacy Myers was the victim of a hit and run driver. Police said a pickup intentionally ran over her as she slept on a sidewalk.

A month later, the badly beaten bodies of Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson were found in a vacant lot near 60th and Central.

Friday’s vigil was aimed at remembering those who died and raising awareness.

“It’s a time for us as a community to really remind ourselves that people are dying because of homelessness and that we still have a lot of work that we need to do to make sure everyone has a safe place to call home,” Lisa Huval with the NM Coalition to end Homelessness said.

More than 60 homeless people have died in Albuquerque this year. Also, every night at least 1,200 men, women and children are without a home.

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