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WHEEL WOMEN IN BLACK
CORRECTIONS TO OUTDOOR/VIOLENT DEATH LISTS
Information recovered 2018 from King County Medical Examiners/Health Care for the Homeless—we’re grateful!

CAUSE OF DEATH         WHO                              WHEN        WHERE

2012 (13 corrections + 34==47)
SUICIDE                          Ladonna Berry, 45          1/7/12         16838 International Blvd S #145, Seatac
HIT BY CAR?                   William Smith, 69           1/31/12       23400 Block of Pacific Hwy S, Kent
OD (heroin & alcohol)   Paul Dosier,45                 3/21/12       Western Ave & Lenora St
NATURAL CAUSES         Angel Rodriguez, 60       4/8/12         NW 54th &15th Ave NW
NATURAL CAUSES         Jerry Otto, 70                  4/12/12       ½ mile W of exit 120 of I-90, Issaquah
NATURAL CAUSES         Walter Backstrom, 61     4/22/12       318 2nd Ave S
NATURAL CAUSES         Charles Mealing, 56        6/3/12         Unknown/HMC
SUICIDE                          Wayne Clark, 52             7/15/12       19800 block of 28th Ave S
OD (heroin)                    George Bolling III, 34     7/22/12       1165 Eastlake Ave E
PNEUMONIA w/SEPSIS  Karen McCray, 48           8/1/12         Airport Way S & S Atlantic St
OD (cocaine & alcohol) Robert Robertson, 56      8/14/12       1902 2nd Ave
NATURAL CAUSES         Michael Delys, 57            8/20/12       5300 Tallman Ave NW
NATURAL CAUSES         Anthony Webb, 58         11/9/12        Unknown/HMC

2013 (9 corrections + 57=66)                                    
ANOXIC BRAIN INJ.       Michael Cartwright, 35   2/13/13          401 N 5th Ave, Yakima/HMC
HIT BY CAR?                  Grzegorz Jaszczanin, 55  3/28/13         Alaska Way W & W Lee St
UNKNOWN                   Kimberly Koehn, 47         5/2/13           800 Jefferson St
NATURAL CAUSES        Shannon Casey, 43          7/14/13          Unknown/HMC
NATURAL CAUSES        Kenny Maines, 58            9/4/13            Unknown/HMC
OD (heroin)                   Derek Anijo, 28                11/14/13        Marion St & Western Ave
UNKNOWN                   Franklin Myricks, Jr, 53    11/17/13        919 Pine St (Pine St overpass)
OD (cocaine)                 Robert Lisson, 58             12/7/13          2720 S Hanford St
OD (heroin)                   April Wahl, 26                  12/28/13        7th Ave & James St

2014 (7 corrections + 45=52)
SUICIDE                          Eric Wolff, 36                     4/2/14            12344 14th Ave NE
NATURAL CAUSES          Stephen Tryc, 56                5/10/14          3820 Rainier Ave S
SUICIDE                          Shawn Hoflack, 39             7/2/14             1st Ave N & W Temperance St, Kent
UNKNOWN                    Jeremiah Woods,18           7/30/14           Academy Drive SE, Auburn
OD (heroin/alprazolam) Frank Abbott, 32               12/17/14          8th Ave S & S Jackson St
NATURAL CAUSES         Jack Burke, 60                   12/21/14          Unknown/VM
NATURAL CAUSES         Michael Stefanich, 57        12/20/14          812 NE 65th St

2015 (15 corrections 66=81)
OD (alcohol)                   Kelly Chevalier, 54            2/22/15           20th Ave NW & NW Market St
BLUNT FORCE INJURIES Merlin Warnick, 42           1/1/15             7500 block 2nd SW & Marginal Way SW
UNKNOWN                    Jose Estrada, 54                2/2/15             Meridian Ave N & N 175th St
NATURAL CAUSES         William Patterson, 39        5/10/15           Des Moines Creek Trail, Des Moines
NATURAL CAUSES         Stacy Butrico, 36               5/15/15            40th Ave W & Texas Way
SUICIDE                          Craig Erickson, 38             6/18/15            535 Terry Ave N
BLUNT FORCE INJURIES James Deng, 31                7/4/15              5th Ave & S Jackson St
NATURAL CAUSES         Lorne Thompson, 65         7/19/15            Unknown/Columbia Funeral Home
SUICIDE                          Simon King, 34                  8/10/15           8136 15th Ave SW

OD (meth)                      Michael Martin, 36                 8/13/15           11th Place S & S 324th St
NATURAL CAUSES         Dale Todd, 58                        10/7/15            Unknown/UW Med Ctr
ANOXIC ENCEP.             Courtney Morrison-Price, 40 10/17/15          Unknown/UW Med Ctr
HYPOTHERMIA              Dale Svrko, 43                        11/17/15          1154 Elliott Ave W
NATURAL CAUSES         Michael Howard, 51               11//22/15        Unknown/Valley Med Ctr, Renton
HYPOTHERMIA              Philip Thompson, 62              12/21/15          Woodland Park

2016 (23 corrections + 62= 85)
OD (heroin/hydro.)         Clarence Tuley, 58                1/2/16              Unknown/UWMC
OD (meth)                       Bobby Ray Smith Sr, 42        1/5/16              1220 4th Ave S
NATURAL CAUSES          Jason Steele, 40                    1/11/16            901 S 348th St
NATURAL CAUSES          Gilberto Lira-Garcia, 51        2/3/16              2800 Beacon Ave S
NATURAL CAUSES          Crystal Bauwens, 60             2/12/16            515 1st Ave N
NATURAL CAUSES          Lewis Zeigler, 70                  2/10/16             Unknown/Swedish
NATURAL CAUSES          Michael Krobath, 57            2/14/16             Unknown/Valley Med Ctr, Renton
HYPOTHERMIA               Robert Blenkner, 62             3/8/16               500 block Hardy Rd SW
OD (alcohol)                   Howard Zang, 30                 4/7/16               20011 International Blvd
OD (meth/heroin)           Dentrel Hubbard, 35           5/2/16               Royal Brougham Way & 3rd Ave S
SUICIDE                           Robin Mingia, 54                 6/7/16               1st Ave & Columbia
SUICIDE                           Ricardo Reyes, 43                6/8/16               Minor Ave & Pine St
ANOXIC ENCEP.               Isaac Songer, 32                 6/22/16             7465 S 112th St
OD (meth)                       Anthony Finklea, 48             7/19/16             S 304th & Pacific Hwy S
NATURAL CAUSES          Alexander Ornelas, 54          7/20/16             Unknown/Swedish
SUICIDE                           James Wilson, 38                 9/16/16             Des Moines Creek Trail
HYPOTHERMIA               Denise Desa, 59                   10/11/16           6th Ave & Seneca, Freeway Park
HOMICIDE                      Michael Taylor, 44                10/11/16           Airport Way S & S Bayview St
ANOXIC ENCEP.             Christopher Brewster, 34      10/12/16           Unknown/UWMC
OD (heroin/alprazolam) James Goodboe Jr, 46          11/2/16             4011 S 164th St
NATURAL CAUSES         John Turner, 62                     11/23/16           7200 E Marginal Way S
SUICIDE                          Jonah Dellinger, 27              12/15/16           303 S Jackson St
NATURAL CAUSES         Kathy Harris, 58                    12/18/16           Unknown/HMC

2017 (15 corrections + 93=108)
NATURAL CAUSES         Herman Phillips Jr, 65      3/7/17       1119 Leary Way NW
OD (mult intoxicants)    William Bailes, 48             3/15/17      1108 Elliott Ave W
SUICIDE                         Andre Wilson, 25              4/1/17       Under I-90 overpass at Front St, Issaquah
NATURAL CAUSES         Frederick Williams, 52      5/7/17       Unknown/HMC
NATURAL CAUSES         Deanna Simon, 60           5/14/17      881 Bellevue Way NE
HOMICIDE                     Dillon Graham, 24            6/5/17        Hwy 509 south of Myers Way
SUICIDE                         Stephen Tucker, 59          7/10/17      3208 S 259th Pl, Kent
OD (heroin/meth)          George Kerns, 47             8/6/17        4th Ave S & S Spokane St
NATURAL CAUSES         Paul Starotska, 49            8/15/17      18900 168th Ave NE, Woodinville
OD (heroin/meth)          Jason Nannini, 30            8/26/17      33600 block Pacific Hwy S, Federal Way
UNKNOWN                   Floyd Angeline, 81           8/28/17      Unknown/Swedish MC
UNKNOWN                   Jon Olson, 66                    7/24/17     Unknown/Valley MC, Renton
BLUNT FORCE INJ.        Jesse Gjerde, 32                9/23/17 S   139th St & 1st Ave S
UNKNOWN                   Luciano Salvador Placido 10/31/17     Unknown/HMC
HYPOTHERMIA             Arturo Acuna, 49              12/11/17     233 Burnett Ave S (Plaza Park) Renton

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Previously dedicated Leaves

Since 2003, the Homeless Remembrance Project – a collaborative effort of homeless women, faith community leaders, designers, artists, social service providers and other friends – has worked to create places of hope, heading, and beauty to honor and remember homeless people who’ve died in King County. Our committee designed, developed and now maintains the only permanent public memorial for homeless people anywhere in the world. http://homelessremembrance.org/.

Our concept is twofold:

  • The Tree of Life sculpture and community gathering place, in Victor Steinbrueck Park (north of Pike Place Market)
  • Leaves of Remembrance on Seattle sidewalks bear the names of those who have died, and at the site: www.fallenleaves.org we share their stories. We currently have 14 leaf host sites and 257 leaves all over the City.

We’re a fun committee, meeting just once a month on Capitol Hill. We really need website maintenance support, and also committee members and an administrative intern or helper. Please consider joining our effort to honor those who’ve experienced homelessness who have died. contact 206-956-0334 or wheelorg@yahoo.com

On December 21st, the longest night of the year, WHEEL/Women in Black held our annual Winter Solstice Vigil, reckoning with the 90 homeless people who’ve died outside or by violence so far this year.  In the midst of this grief, our hearts were warmed by the huge community turnout—thank you!   Read the rest of this entry »

Click to View the Promotional Poster for the Solstice Candlelight Vigil

Click to View the 2017 Women in Black Outdoor/Violent Homeless List-of-the-Dead

Please join WHEEL/Women in Black at the Homeless Remembrance Project’s Tree of Life (Victor Steinbrueck Park, north of Pike Place Market) at sunset – 4:20 PM – on Thursday, Decembers 21st.  We will be honoring all homeless people who’ve died outside or by violence this year in King County–at least 88 already; a shattering record.

After a brief ritual at the Tree of Life, we will silently walk through the Market to Westlake Park (4th/Pine) where we will stand a Silent Vigil from 5 – 6 PM.  After the vigil, we will gather nearby for fellowship and refreshments.

December 21st is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year.  The National Coalition for the Homeless designates it “National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.”

Since our WHEEL/Women in Black vigils began 17 years ago, nearly 800 men, women and children have died outside or by violence.  In 2017, we’ve broken our hearts & all previous records:  At least 88 people have died outside or by violence – at the average age of 46 years old.

Women and men are welcome; candles are provided.

For more information:  WHEEL (206) 956-0334; wheelorg@yahoo.com or Homeless Remembrance Project on Facebook.


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YOU’RE  INVITED to THE HOMELESS REMEMBRANCE PROJECT’s
long-awaited “Leaves of Remembrance” Dedication at Seattle Central Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
NOON Friday August 25th   

For more than a decade, The Homeless Remembrance Project has created places of hope, healing, and beauty to honor and remember homeless people who’ve died in King County.  The Project has two parts:  A beautiful “Tree of Life” sculpture and gathering place at Victor Steinbrueck Park (north of Pike Place Market), and “Leaves of Remembrance,” with names, embedded in sidewalks—more than 240 throughout the City.

PLEASE JOIN US TO WITNESS & CELEBRATE the Friday, August 25th dedication of twelve “Leaves of Remembrance” at Seattle’s Central Library, on the 4th Ave side. 

We’re remembering these beloved, book-loving community members:

  Wes Singletary III  1970-2009                      Janelle “Dart” Hayward 1969-2013

  Sean Kennie  1963-2013                               Herman Leroy Hudson 1956-2012

  Lonnie Nelson  1932-2014                                Matt “Giant” Barrett  1965-2014

  Eric Hovey 1954-2015                                  Jon Stuart “Stu” Wright 1962-2013

  Justin Lee Miezejeski 1985-2015                            David Patterson 1950-2015

  Skittles 1994-2014                       Zamphra “Birdie” (Peters) Opoku 1968-2012

 

For more information

(206) 956-0334 or email wheelorg@yahoo.com

Websites:  www.fallenleaves.org & www.homelessremembrance.org

YOU’RE INVITED to THE HOMELESS REMEMBRANCE PROJECT’s
“Leaves of Remembrance” Dedication at
Mary’s Place/Gethsemane Lutheran Church!

During the 11 AM Mary’s Place Saturday Service
Saturday, July 8th, 2017
at Mary’s Place
1830 Ninth Avenue (& Stewart)

Story-sharing over lunch to follow!

For more than a decade, The Homeless Remembrance Project–a collaborative community effort facilitated by the homeless women of WHEEL–has created places of hope, healing, and beauty to honor and remember homeless people who’ve died in King County.  The Project has two parts:  A beautiful “Tree of Life” sculpture and gathering place at Victor Steinbrueck Park (north of Pike Place Market), and “Leaves of Remembrance,” embedded in sidewalks throughout the City.

ALL ARE INVITED TO CELEBRATE the July 8th re-blessing, dedication and affixing of six “Leaves of Remembrance” in front of Gethsemane Lutheran Church/Mary’s Place, during the Mary’s Place Saturday Service.

 We’re remembering these beloved community members:

PHYLLIS DETIENNE     1949—2014
SUSI HENDERSON     1943–2014
SALLY CORBETT  1952—2012
KIM WINTERS  1960—2012
 MAI HUYNH  1956—2010
GAIL NORA BRACKEEN  1959—2013

 The event starts as a Blessing and Dedication toward the end of the 11 AM Service (circa 11:40 AM), and then there’ll be a chance to share stories and memories over the Mary’s Place Saturday lunch. Please join us!

For more information:

(206) 956-0334 or email wheelorg@yahoo.com

Websites: www.fallenleaves.org & www.homelessremembrance.org

OR “HOMELESS REMEMBRANCE PROJECT” ON FACEBOOK!

On May 21st, we blessed and dedicated five new Leaves of Remembrance around Ballard Commons Park. We were graced by the pastoral leadership and support of Pastor Britt Olson and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and many other supporters and friends.
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YOU’RE INVITED to THE HOMELESS REMEMBRANCE PROJECT’s
“Leaves of Remembrance” Dedication in BALLARD!!

Friends & family chose the location for Leaves, & also lay flowers & rosemary sprigs.Leaves of Remembrance
Dedication & Reception
NOON Sunday, May 21st
at Ballard Commons Park
(57th NW & NW 22nd)
Reception to follow at
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
(5710 22nd Ave NW)

For more than a decade, The Homeless Remembrance Project–a collaborative community effort facilitated by the homeless women of WHEEL–has created places of hope, healing, and beauty to honor and remember homeless people who’ve died in King County.  The Project has two parts:  A beautiful “Tree of Life” sculpture and gathering place at Victor Steinbrueck Park (north of Pike Place Market), and “Leaves of Remembrance,” with names, embedded in sidewalks throughout the City.

ALL ARE INVITED TO WITNESS AND CELEBRATE the May 21st dedication of FIVE new “Leaves of Remembrance” around Ballard Commons Park (where 43 Leaves already are; see reverse for list of previously-dedicated Leaves). 

 We’re remembering these beloved community members:
Alicia Nickerson, Jan “Jon” Andersson, Tanya Hedington,
Hubert “Buzz” Chevara, and Marc Cahill

 Please visit www.fallenleaves.org pretty soon for stories and photos!

 The event starts with a NOON Ceremony at the Park.  Then there’ll be a chance to share stories, memories, and refreshments at a Reception hosted at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5710—22nd Avenue NW.  Please join us!

 For more information

(206) 956-0334 or email wheelorg@yahoo.com

 

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Long before people knew about the Earth’s tilted axis and its orbit around the sun, they observed the Solstice, and created rituals around its occurrence. In our northern latitudes the nights grow longer until we reach this hinge moment. Though Spring is a long time coming, the turning soon begins, toward the light. Hope begins in darkness. In that spirit Women in Black remembered the homeless dead on the Winter Solstice, Wednesday, December 21st, 2016.

The people we honored were our neighbors, and in some cases, our friends and our kin. Many died heartbreakingly young, many by violence or accident. Even deaths we might call natural cause us to lament—for no one should have to die without shelter and safety. No one should have to live that way.

We reckoned with and remembered ALL the year’s outdoor/violent homeless deaths with a simple ritual, starting at sunset (4:21 PM) at the Tree of Life at Victor Steinbrueck Park. Joined by faith community leaders, we then walked in a silent, candlelit procession through the Market to Westlake Park where we silently stood vigil for one hour. Afterwards, we gathered together nearby for food and fellowship.

We extend our sincere gratitude to all who bore witness and stood vigil with us on the Solstice (Longest Night). Being in solidarity with 60+ people sure helped our hearts. We remembered by name 54 homeless women and men who died outside or by violence in King County in 2016: James Q. Tran, Jeannine Zapata, Jonathan Stanton, Blake Kimble, David Ramisky, Tonya Enriquez, Patrick Larner, Donald Parks, Alicia Nickerson, Harold McDuffie II, Gilbert Lopez, Chad Rogers, Dante Kelly, J.T. Grogan, John Watkins, Paul Rodrick, Richard Wenz, Francis Walker, Jr., Alex Kelley, Paul Fehr, Mark Woodley, Gary Oaks, Andrew Charlie, Norm Scofield, Scott McHone, Michelle Hargrave, Aaron Esposito, Abriannah Hicks, Bruce Loughridge, James “JR” Smith, Maja Brandli, Gena Ranger, Jordan Lemmel, Jacob Evans, Malcolm Spotted Calf, Tony Lee Fountaine, Sr., Renee Whitmore, Robert Dias, Louisa Campos, Earnest Readus, Jeanette Matthews, Michael Duwayne Gilbert, Walter Burton aka Stroud, Doneen Penn, John Nichols, Rachel Spradlin, Tung Truong, Skyler Velez, Michael Taylor, Rock LaFrance, Bruce Thomas, Tiffany Galsworthy, William Hackney, and Gene Pitzer.

Gathering at the Tree of Life.

Patrick Barredo of St. James Cathedral reads the ritual.

Reverend Pat Simpson of U Temple UMC, Lisa Gustaveson of SU, and Michael Ramos of the Church Council of Greater Seattle.

Candles by the Tree of Life.

Silent procession through Pike Place Market.

Pausing to light candles.

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Richard Harruff.

Supporter Susan Platt.

Supporters stand vigil with candles.

Supporter Sinan Demirel.

Supporters.

Elise DeGooyer of FAN leafletting.

Women in Black banner.

Supporters Hattie and Andrew.

Standing vigil.

2016 WHEEL WOMEN IN BLACK
LIST-OF-THE-DEAD in KING COUNTY

We are grateful to the King County Medical Examiners
and Health Care for the Homeless!

CAUSE
OF DEATH:

WHO:

WHEN:

WHERE:

SHOT
TO DEATH

James
Q Tran, 33

January

under
I-5 at S Atlantic

SHOT
TO DEATH

Jeannine
Zapata, 45

January

under
I-5 at S Atlantic

HEROIN
OD

Jonathan
Stanton, 36

January

Shilshole

SUICIDE

Blake
Kimble, 31

January

North
Bend

HYPOTHERMIA

David
Ramisky, 53

January

Federal
Way

OD

Tonya
Enriquez, 44

February

300
bl 2nd Ave Ext S

HEROIN
OD

Patrick
Larner, 60

February

E
Marginal Way/S Orcas

NATURAL
CAUSES

Donald
Parks, 83

February

Auburn
Park n Ride

HEROIN
OD

Alicia
Nickerson, 30

February

1100
bl NE Ballard Way

OD?

Harold
McDuffie II, 37

March

3rd
S/Edgar Martinez Way

PNEUMONIA

Gilbert
Lopez, 52

March

10th/S
Dearborn

ACCIDENT

Chad
Rogers, 44

March

Broadway/Denny

HEROIN
OD

Dante
Kelly, 47

March

800
bl S Jackson

PENDING

(tent.
ID) J.T. Grogan, 78

March

Tukwila
greenspace

HEART
DISEASE

John
Watkins, 58

April

Auburn
UHaul/Storage

OD

Paul
Rodrick, 56

April

1st/Yesler

RECYCLING
ACCIDENT

Richard
Wenz, 58

April

Woodinville

HIT
BY CAR

Francis
Walker, Jr, 77

April

300
bl S Lander

SHOT
TO DEATH

Alex
Kelley, 26

May

Federal
Way

HEART
DISEASE

Paul
Fehr, 40

May

Auburn/Interurban
Trail

LIVER
DISEASE

Mark
Woodley, 59

May

Renton

PNEUMONIA

Gary
Oaks, 58

May

Ballard

HIT-AND-RUN

Andrew
Charlie, 69

May

White
Center

SUICIDE

Norm
Scofield, 58

May

SODO

RUN
OVER BY CAR

Scott
McHone, 50

May

Denny
Triangle

METH
OD

Michelle
Hargrave, 39

May

Auburn

UNDETERMINED

Aaron
Esposito, 39

June

Bellevue
Library

HEROIN
OD

Abriannah
Hicks, 24

June

S
End (411 S Dawson)

NATURAL
CAUSES

Bruce
Loughridge, 53

June

woods
at 1437 Donovan

SHOT
TO DEATH

James
?JR? Smith, 20s

July

Fenster
Park, Auburn

DEHYDRATION/MALNUTRITION

Maja
Brandli, 29

July

Renton
(Black River Forest)

NATURAL
CAUSES

Gena
Ranger, 41

July

Klickitat
SW/SW? Spokane

HEROIN
OD

Jordan
Lemmel, 31

July

6th/Seneca

NATURAL
CAUSES

Jacob
Evans, 21

July

Hwy
20/HMC

HEROIN
OD

Malcolm
Spotted Calf, 54

July

near
Pike Place Mkt

HEART
DISEASE

Tony
Lee Fountaine, Sr, 45

July

near
Northgate Mall

HEROIN
OD

Renee
Whitmore, 47

August

9200
Myers Way

SHOT
TO DEATH

Robert
Dias, 50

August

Kent

SHOT
TO DEATH

Louisa
Campos, 32

August

Kent

NATURAL
CAUSES

Ernest
Readus, 60

August

Airport
Wy/Royal Brougham

HEROIN
OD

Jeanette
Matthews, 44

August

Airport
Wy/Royal Brougham

NATURAL
CAUSES??

Michael
Duwayne Gilbert, 71

August

Shoreline

RUN
OVER BY CAR

Walter
Burton aka Stroud, 19

September

U
District

RUN
OVER BY CAR

Doneen
Penn, 56

September

200
bl S. Lincoln

HEROIN
OD

John
Nichols, 35

September

4th/S
Holgate

NATURAL
CAUSES

Rachel
Spradlin, 39

October

?Jungle?
(MEs designation)

TOXIC
ASPHYXIA

Tung
Truong, 43

October

12th/S
King

SUICIDE

Skyler
Velez, 25

October

Auburn

SHOT
BY POLICE

Michael
Taylor, 44

October

under
I-5

PENDING

Rock
LaFrance, 59

November

Greenwood

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