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A moment in Lawrence: Remembering those who died in conditions of homelessness

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Local groups Somos Lawrence and the DARE (Drop-In And Rest) Center organized a Día de los Muertos remembrance on Monday to honor unhoused people who have died in Lawrence.

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Hot chocolate and Mexican sweet bread were served as attendees viewed the photos and memory items for the unhoused people and some other family individuals who were honored at the remembrance at John Taylor Park.

According to the organizations, 31 unhoused people have died in Lawrence since 2004.

“In the past years, we have lost many of our neighbors, and they are not nameless,” organizers said in a news release. “Those who have passed away in Lawrence, while experiencing homelessness are part of our memories and history.”

“… Their untimely deaths compel the living to remember and to act upon the root causes of the social inequities underlying the experiences of the unhoused.”

Emmanuel Ramírez/Contributed Photo An altar honors all who have passed in Lawrence in conditions of homelessness, Nov. 1, 2021 at John Taylor Park in North Lawrence.
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