Leo Molzhon (50) had been living on the street for about a year when he was set alight on Wednesday this week where he was lying on his mattress at the I-40 / 12th Street underpass. He died from his injuries hours later.
Heart-stoppingly horrible. Yet, not exceptional. Community members who need to live on the street are exceedingly vulnerable. In many respects; but, sadly, also because the stigma that shadows them, sets them up to be treated as less than human.
On Monday, we are going to take the space to think about Leo Molzhon in particular. But we will also remember all the other people without roofs we know of who have been tortured and murdered on Burque streets. Instead of yet again resorting to acknowledging people living on the street only once they have walked on, we will speak up on what we are going to do right now to improve the lives of our living neighbours who are down on their luck.
Bring a flower or some token that you can leave at the wall and consider working with us to create a more permanent descanso at the site.
Message Ilse if you need a ride or can offer a ride.
Please spread the word.
And if you can't make it Monday, perhaps come stand at the site at some other time to think about how we can collectively stop this horror.