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Memorial Honors Homeless Who Have Passed

Posted at 6:40 PM, Dec 12, 2015

Nearly 70 people from Nashville's homeless community have died in 2015.

Saturday morning, they were honored as local faith leaders and public officials, like Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, joined with the homeless community and advocates at Riverfront Park.

The park was chosen as the location for the ceremony because it's the sight of the Tara Cole Memorial Bench.

Cole was homeless in 2006. She was killed after two men rolled her into the river while she was sleeping on a bench.

Since taking office, Mayor Barry has expressed her strong feelings on the homeless situation in Nashville.

“When we look at the juxtaposition between the haves and the have nots in this community, it is a great reminder to all of us that we all have a duty to make sure that all Nashvillians are loved, are cared for, and welcomed,” Mayor Barry said.

The life expectancy for people experiencing chronic homelessness has been 25 years below the general population.