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Memorial Service for Stateline's Lost Homeless

ROCKFORD - A memorial today to the Stateline's hidden population.
ROCKFORD - A memorial today to the stateline's hidden population.

Carpenter's Place holding it's annual homeless person's memorial service in Rockford. The event is meant to honor homeless men and women who often die alone, silently and without public recognition.

Organizers say there were 60 homeless deaths in the Rockford area this year ranging in age from 22 to 69 years old, and all of them deserve to be recognized.

"And just because they were homless doesn't mean their lives didn't matter. They are just as worthy as anybody else. We try to acknowledge that and show respect and dignity even in death."

Studies show the homeless are four times more likely to die prematurely than those who have a permanent home.

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