Gallery: Homeless Memorial Vigil Thursday in Bloomington, Indiana

The names of 38 unhoused or formerly unhoused community members who died in the past year were read Thursday night during the annual Homeless Memorial Vigil, at the Monroe County Courthouse, September 29, 2022, in Bloomington, Indiana. Organizers of the event stated there may have been some who also passed but were not on the list.

The names on the list are:

Evelyn Abbott, Adam Bennett, Joyce Berry, Michael Bieniek, Jeremy Blackwell, Aleah Blake, Mark Blakeslee, Bobbie Bugg, Tyshawn Carter, Linda Collins, Caleb Cowden, Crystal Czobabowski, Kevin Downs, Travis Dugan, Dennis Elkins, Mark Ewell, James Fishwick, Mary Hoene, Shannon Keenan, Patricia Keith, Ron Kuntz, Kevin Kunz, John Lawrence, Mindy Lewis, Samantha Lindsey, Steven “Bumpy” Morgan, Mary Jo “Jazzy” Neighbors, Kim Patton, Robert Pinkney, Howard Pugh, Chris Ranard, Drew Shepherd, Athena Straface, Brian Ward, Ronnie West, Samantha “Sammy” Wray, Calvin CJ Young, Monty Zike

Thirty-two died in 2021 and 40 in 2020, according to Beacon’s Forrest Gilmore. Gilmore said the numbers for the past three years were the highest in the past 20 years since records have been kept.

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Rev. Forrest Gilmore of Beacon speaks during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Robert “Pops” Downham, who was unhoused in the past, attends the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Community members attend the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Community members attend the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Silvia McNair sings during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Birds fly over downtown during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Beverly Calender-Anderson speaks during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Robert “Pops” Downham, who was unhoused in the past, speaks during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Community members attend the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Community members hold candles in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29:The names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community who died in the past year are placed in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29:The names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community who died in the past year are placed in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29:The names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community who died in the past year are placed in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29:The names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community who died in the past year are placed in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29:The names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community who died in the past year are placed in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29:The names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community who died in the past year are placed in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Tami Giles places a candle in memoriam for Tyshawn Carter during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Mary Morgan speaks during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Tony Still speaks during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Signs with the names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community are placed during in memoriam the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Community members hold candles in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Community members hold candles in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29: Community members hold candles in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29:The names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community who died in the past year are placed in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29:The names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community who died in the past year are placed in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29:The names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community who died in the past year are placed in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29:The names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community who died in the past year are placed in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29:The names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community who died in the past year are placed in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29:The names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community who died in the past year are placed in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29:The names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community who died in the past year are placed in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29:The names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community who died in the past year are placed in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – 2022/09/29:The names of unhoused or previously unhoused members of the community who died in the past year are placed in memoriam during the Homeless Memorial Vigil on August 2, 2022 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. At least 38 members of the community, who had been or are unhoused, died in the past year. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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