Memorial marks rise in Rockford homeless deaths

ROCKFORD (AP) – An annual memorial planned in Rockford will mark the "incredible increase" in deaths among the homeless in the northern Illinois city.

The Rockford Register Star reports hat 47 people with a history of homelessness died within the past year. Other years, the number of deaths has been in the 20s.

Officials say more accurate record-keeping could explain part of the increase. But there also have been increases in street violence and accidental overdoses.

At the memorial service, the names of the dead will be read aloud. They include men and women ranging in age from 20 to 78.

Comments

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments

Reader Poll

What's your favorite part of spring?
Trees budding
Birds chirping
Kids playing
Grilling out
Other