NASHVILLE, Tenn.- This
year, 27 homeless men and women have died on the streets. It's a staggering
number that the community won't soon forget.
Friends and neighbors gathered
Sunday to remember those who've died in 2012, including Lisa Graham. Police are
still investigating her murder. Her longtime boyfriend, Nathan Walker, was
among those at the memorial. He says people just don't know what it's like to be
homeless until it happens to them.
"I challenge anyone
to come out here and live it for one week. And not have no money in their
pockets, nothing; don't know where their next food, don't have a home to go to,"
said Walker. "I had a nice home where I'm from, and I lost everything. And I've
been fighting ever since to get it back. At least back into a home and a
There is some good news
for Nathan. He says thanks to the help
of newspapers like The Contributor, he's
been able to make enough money to get off the streets.