Vigil being held for homeless man who died

Photo by Jim Hughes

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – Advocates for the homeless are holding a candlelight vigil to remember a 33-year-old man who died while trying to stay warm in an abandoned truck in Newport.

The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless is joining with the group Newport Citizens to End Homelessness to remember Michael Bourque at a vigil on Friday evening. They say he was trying to keep warm on a bitterly cold night in March by staying in the cab of a truck. He died after a fire started inside.

Advocates are highlighting the death to call on state lawmakers to increase funding for a program that provides rental vouchers to house the homeless.

About 4,450 people experienced homelessness in Rhode Island at some point last year.

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