Homeless Man Who Died In The Cold In South Bend Was Close To Receiving Housing Help, Vigil On Sunday

Jan 25, 2020

(File) Cold weather in the Midwest on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — An advocate for the homeless says a man who was found dead under a northern Indiana bridge was near the top of the list to receive permanent government-funded housing or a voucher to rent a private apartment or house.

The St. Joseph County Coroner’s office has ruled that 57-year-old Darrell Bradberry died from dysrhythmia, or an abnormal heart rhythm, caused by hypothermia.

Bradberry is the second homeless man to die of the cold in South Bend in less than a month.

Forty-four-year-old Anthony Young died of hypothermia in December.

The deaths have prompted calls for a vigil that is set for Sunday, January 26 in South Bend at the County-City Building at 7pm. WVPE's Annacaroline Caruso will be covering the vigil. Look for her reporting on-air on 88.1 WVPE and online at wvpe.org.