Vigil held for homeless man killed in Providence

By: News Staff

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PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Friends and advocates gathered together at the Salvation Army on Broad Street, to pay tribute to a man who was killed by a hit-and-run driver back in June.

Steven Sceeles, 61, was killed by a hit-and-run driver while sleeping on Pearl Street back on June 9, according to police.

Sceeles had lived a long time on the streets but had recently been housed, according to friends.

However, even after being housed Sceeles often spent time on the streets with friends who remained homeless.

Homeless advocates at the vigil wanted to spread awareness of Sceeles’ life being cut short and to remind others of the remaining people who are still un-housed in Rhode Island. 

Advocates also called for state officials to provide the resources needed to ensure that its commitment to “Housing First” is realized. 

The driver responsible for killing Sceeles has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene and failing to call authorities. 

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