“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.”