Thursday, November 17, 2005


Heart trouble killed inmate, autopsy shows: of his 25 arrests this year, all but one were for drunkenness

"Phillip W. Barnes, 55, was arrested Monday on alcohol intoxication charges and booked into the Fayette County Detention Center at about 1:52 p.m. After Barnes spent the night in a cell, guards went to get him around 11 a.m. Tuesday to take him to be arraigned in district court, jail officials said. He was unresponsive and later declared dead. The Fayette County Coroner's Office identified Barnes as the dead inmate yesterday after notifying his family. Barnes was believed to be homeless. "

i was sad this morning to read about Phil.
at least once a week i would see him when he came in for coffee at the YMCA where i work the opening shift. in recent weeks it had been pretty cold and quite a few homeless men had been coming in around 5:30am for some free coffee and a warm place to sit for a minute or two.
i didn't know Phil apart from a morning greeting. he seemed happy most of the time and wore a big floppy woolen hat.
i'm sad that he has few people to mourn him.
there will be no memorials on blogs.
not many tears for his passing.
few people will visit his grave.
he may have already been gone/dead/forgotten before he died.

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