Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Annual Vigil Memorializes Those Who Have Died on the Streets

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Annual Vigil Memorializes Those Who Have Died on the Streets

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On the longest night of the year, more than 100 people gathered in the chilly winter beneath a Downtown highway overpass to hold candles, sing, pray and dedicate plaques in memory of those who died on the streets of Allegheny County in the past year.

The annual vigil was organized by Pittsburgh Mercy's Operation Safety Net, which brings medical care to people on the streets.

It was held beneath an overpass at Fort Pitt Boulevard and Grant Street, where the new names of the homeless were added to the rows of plaques that have memorialized the homeless who have died in the county since 1989.

Attendees also brought donated supplies for the homeless.

Those at the somber gathering took some comfort in knowing that the number of people who died had declined from 11 last year to six this year.

But they added that this doesn't take away the grief for people who many had gotten to know as more than an anonymous homeless person, but someone with a name and favorite foods and colors. …

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