The Bloomingtonian

Homeless memorial vigil

James Payne, who has been experiencing homelessness for two years, mourns the death of his fiancĂ©e April Phelps, who had also been experiencing homelessness, during the Homeless Memorial Vigil, Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Ind. “I was with her when she died,” said Payne. During the vigil the names of community members who died while experiencing homelessness were read, and their names were placed in memorial. The names read are, Shelly Arthur, Craig Bowles, Billy Brown, Steven Brown, Bruce Bundy, Greg Cook, Alvin Davis, Taffany Ducharme, Coy Fulford, April Hattery, Doug James, Lewis Jordan, Eric Pelley, John McKinney, Margaret Miao-Kong, Teohna Monroe-Koren, Steve Murphy, April Phelps, Chris Polston, Eric Schaber, Joshua Townsend, David Troxell, Brett Wagner, and Don Wooldridge. Each night in Monroe County over 300 people, and over 500,000 nationwide, experience homelessness. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
Jim Sims, left, embraces Durrell Patton, who once experienced homelessness in Monroe County, during the Homeless Memorial Vigil, Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Ind. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
Signs for residents of Monroe County who died while experiencing homelessness line the courthouse lawn during the Homeless Memorial Vigil, Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Ind. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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