Anger, Sadness Dominate Day of Mourning Held in DTLA for Homeless Who Died This Year

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Pancake, a community organizer, leads supporters as they march in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 21, 2019, in tribute to homeless people in Los Angeles County who died during the year. (Credit: Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Pancake, a community organizer, leads supporters as they march in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 21, 2019, in tribute to homeless people in Los Angeles County who died during the year. (Credit: Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

A joyous New Orleans-style Second Line parade to honor the roughly 1,000 homeless people who have died in Los Angeles County this year turned to anger on Friday, as skid row mourners stopped at City Hall to denounce elected officials for not halting the growing death toll.

Dozens of skid row residents and advocates, all decked out in Mardi Gras beads and flying black, gold and purple balloons, chanted: “Three a day! Too many!” They waved their fists at the windows of City Hall, where a homeless man in his 50s was found dead Tuesday night.

The parade and angry demonstration were part of National Homeless Persons Memorial Day, marked in dozens of cities.

L.A.’s day of mourning began soberly at the James Wood Community Center with prayers, songs and the traditional recitation of the names of all people who died at skid row missions and programs. Later, advocates planned to release candles at Echo Park Lake, where dozens of people have been living and dying in tents over the past year.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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