Police say they received a call at 2:51 from the Occupy OKC encampment at Kerr Park reporting a dead body. Protesters tell OKC.NET that the deceased is a young homeless man from Florida who went by the name “Street Poet”. As of now his full name and cause of death have not been released. Police have launched an investigation.
UPDATE: 5:35 pm Monday- Occupy OKC posted the following statement on their facebook page:
“ALL EVENTS TONIGHT FOR OCCUPY OKC ARE CANCELLED. We are taking today to remember our friend and comrade lost to us over the night. Let’s be respectful tonight and have a quiet remembrance.”
UPDATE: 6:30 pm Monday- Official press release from Occupy OKC:
“Occupy OKC is saddened by the passing of one of the participants camping at Kerr Park in Oklahoma City earlier this afternoon. Known simply as â€œThe Poet,â€ he was a very friendly and outgoing person. Known to be homeless, Occupy OKC provided him with food, clothing, and shelter. At a Candlelight Vigil last night to honor first responders, The Poet delivered a powerful poetic commentary about the complexities of homelessness and drug abuse, and the systemâ€™s failure to adequately deal with these issues. The Poet was found dead in his tent at Kerr Park earlier this afternoon by other participants. Police and emergency personnel were immediately contacted. Occupy OKC is withholding information concerning The Poetâ€™s identity pending notification of his family by authorities. Police are currently at the scene investigating his cause of death which is presently unknown and Occupy OKC is in full cooperation with their investigation. Occupy OKC has been actively cooperating with the Oklahoma City Police Department to ensure the safety of all participants at the Kerr Park occupation.
All Occupy OKC scheduled events for today have been cancelled.
The participants of Occupy OKC wish to extend their deepest sympathy and compassion to the family of The Poet.”
UPDATE 3:15 AM Tuesday- Video of Street Poet performing, shot by his friends at the park.
We will have more information on this as it unfolds.