Friends, advocates remember deaths of homeless people

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Earl Zayack, a homeless man, lights a candle in honor of his friend Doug Hancock who died Wednesday, during an event to memorialize 10 lives lost to homelessness in Greensboro on Sunday in Greensboro. LYNN HEY/News & Record

It started with Doug Hancock.

To most residents, he was just another person walking down the street, but to the city’s homeless community, he was special.

Hancock, according to the News & Record, was a regular client of the Interactive Resource Center, a day center for homeless people.

“I say that in a positive way,” said Michelle Kennedy, the organization’s executive director. “He was a calming spirit.”

Hancock, 53, was homeless.

He died Wednesday in a hit-and-run accident.