North Carolina city reports 28 homeless people died in 2017

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, file photo, people walk past a homeless man asking for money on 14th Street in New York. One app dots a map with users’ images of homelessness in New York City. The apps, sites and social media accounts have spiraled out of a season of anxiety and frustration about rising homelessness in the nation’s biggest city. And they are igniting questions about technology, tolerance and citizenship in an age of crowdsourcing. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A homeless advocacy group says 28 homeless people have died in North Carolina’s largest city in 2017.

The Charlotte Observer reports the city’s Homeless Services Network says two people who died on the streets were murdered. Two others were hit by cars.

Liz Clasen-Kelly, advocacy co-chair of the Homeless Services Network, said many others died of cancer or heart disease. One was an infant girl who was found not breathing at a homeless shelter for women and children. The death was later ruled to be from natural causes.

The agency says 10 homeless people died in Charlotte in 2016.

On Thursday, Charlotte will hold its annual candle light vigil to remember those who died on the streets, as well as the formerly homeless who died while housed through shelter programs.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com