SAN DIEGO - Dozens of people showed to pay their respects during the San Diego Rescue Mission 16th Annual Interfaith Candlelight Vigil.
The group remembered those who died on the streets of San Diego in the past year.
“I didn’t have all I wanted but, I had plenty compared to them. I can only imagine what their hearts desires were,” said Cathy Ramsey, who’s grandson is homeless. “He doesn’t have the strength to come in out of the cold and my heart feels that if I could do this for somebody else’s child it might reach mine.”
This year, an astonishing 115 people passed away on the streets (up from 90 for the previous 12 months and 56 the year before).
This devastating statistic brings to light the extreme homeless issues throughout the county.
A procession to the vigil departed from the San Diego Rescue Mission and walked approximately a mile stopping for prayers at various churches and ministry sites in the procession to the county building.
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Each person in the procession carried a pair of shoes to represent the stunning number of 115 homeless individuals who died alone on the streets of San Diego in a 12-month period of October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016.