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Memorial service is planned for Oklahoma City homeless man

A United Methodist minister is spearheading a memorial service for a homeless man who died under an Oklahoma City overpass in December.
by Carla Hinton Published: February 12, 2014

Tuesday, Dan Straughan, executive director of the Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance, said efforts are often made to get the homeless to go into shelters during the extreme cold, but they don't always agree to do so.

“You can't force them, although sometimes you want to,” he said.

Like Shahan, Straughan said he would like the service for Myrks to raise public awareness about the plight of the city's homeless.

“I think it's important for the community to remember that those folks are out there and to know that at some level, we have some responsibility to help people in that situation,” Straughan said.

“That didn't happen in Terry's case. I hope this spurs people to greater effort.”

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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