Wednesday, May 04, 2011

3 homeless camps will be closed
in aftermath of murder

St. Louis city leaders plan to close three tent villages on the Mississippi riverfront by this summer after a homeless photographer was arrested on allegations of stabbing and killing a fellow camp resident.

Robert Allen Boettcher, 50, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Prosecutors say he got into a fight with Adrian Henderson, 36, and stabbed him multiple times with a knife.

City Hall officials said it was just the most recent spat in the dirt roads, tarp-covered tents and plywood shacks a few dozen feet from the river.

The city's intent is to find permanent housing — not emergency shelters — for every camp resident, said Bill Siedhoff, the city's director of human services. His department has been working for at least two months to put together a plan to do that.

Boettcher made a name for himself in the homeless community by advocating for squatters' rights, blogging at Hopeville and taking photos of the camps and riverfront scenes.

Read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report here.


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this is sad, most of those people had nothing to do with a murder but they are still losing their homes.

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