On Wednesday, May 1, 2024, a group of over 50 people gathered in front of the Burien Library/City Hall building to honor the 11 homeless individuals who have died in Burien over just the past 16 months, and the total of 22 who have died since 2017.

Last year set a record for unhoused people’s deaths in Burien, with 7 individuals passing away in 2023; so far in 2024, 4 unhoused people have died, setting a pace that could put the city on track for another record year. 

Friends and families of those who passed away joined advocates for an hour of silence in mourning, holding signs displaying the names of the people who have died on the streets of Burien.

Speakers addressed the crowd before and after the hour of silence, calling for an end to the city-wide camping ban implemented in November, and for more shelter, housing, and resources.

The event was organized by Women in Black, a group that holds vigils in downtown Seattle each month.


Photos courtesy Women in Black (click arrows or swipe to view slideshow):

Below is a list of people who have died while experiencing homelessness in Burien since 2017:

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