Homeless Ithaca man dies after fire in community known as the 'Jungle'
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 01:07:27 GMT —
The homeless Ithaca man that was severely burned in Wednesday's fire has died.
Ithaca Police say 53-year-old Richard Sherman died Thursday afternoon due to complications from his injuries.
Sherman lived in an area known as the "Jungle," a homeless community in the City of Ithaca.
"I'm deeply saddened by this loss of life. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Richard Sherman," said Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick in a statement. "It is my hope that this will serve as a clarion call to our community. It's time that we work with human service agencies, the community of faith, and private individuals to clear the Jungle and keep it clear."
"We cannot service those who live there with addiction services, mental health services, or police and fire protection. I will do everything in my power to steer any current inhabitants to healthier, existing alternatives. Our willingness to allow continued inhabitation of the jungle is an act - not of compassion - but codependency," Myrick said.
Ithaca Police have responded to a number of assaults, stabbings and other incidents in this community. The investigation into the fire continues, Police say there's no evidence so far of anything suspicious.