Utahns hold vigil to remember homeless

Utahns hold vigil to remember homeless

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utahns are remembering the 58 people who died in 2009 in the state after struggling with homelessness.

A vigil was held Monday at Salt Lake City's Pioneer Park during which each person's name was read aloud.

The number of homeless people who died in Utah in 2009 was four more than in 2008. The figure included those who may have recently moved into housing but spent decades on the streets.

Homeless advocates in Utah have been marking each year's total for five years. This youngest person on this year's list was 30; the oldest was 85. Most of those who died were men and the average age was 53.

Many other cities in the U.S. held similar events Monday.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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