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Homeless Live With Threat Of Violence

On a street corner just down the block from Health Care for the Homeless, Cecil Riggs, 52, was pushing a shopping cart containing his girlfriend. Both are homeless and sleep on the streets. Riggs said he heard about the weekend murders and was disturbed by it but not surprised, though it does make him “worry about what’s going to happen to you while you sleep.” Riggs said he constantly hears from other homeless people about “how they got hit or were beat up or were robbed and they’re scared to be out here.” About two months ago Riggs was himself attacked by two young men, one of whom kicked him in the head, grabbed his cellphone and took off running. Riggs got it back after tackling the man, but the head trauma left him with intermittent headaches.

Source: ABQ Journal

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