Vigil honors those who died while experiencing homelessness in 2018

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News)- A vigil held Thursday night in Salt Lake City honored the 121 people who lost their lives while experiencing homelessness in 2018.

The candlelight vigil was held at Pioneer Park.

Of the 121 names read, 17 were veterans, 55 were living in supportive housing, and 66 were living on the streets.

For many of them, Thursday night’s vigil will be the only memorial service they receive.

Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox was there to mourn.

“Now today we are here to remember some of those who have passed. Some of those who maybe did not have the hope that they needed, but I believe that there is a power in coming together,” he said. “I believe that when communities come together– when we light those candles, we think and we read the names of the people, when we say their names–they are not forgotten.”

The average age of those 121 people who passed was 54.

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