Man found dead on sidewalk couch in Long Beach. Area has major homelessness.

Aug. 5, 2018 / By

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A dead body was found Sunday on a couch on the sidewalk off Cedar avenue and Anaheim street, a corner where homeless persons commonly sleep on sidewalk mattresses or bare concrete at night and day.

Firefighters responded to calls and found the man’s body, pronouncing him dead around 6:46 p.m. His identity has not been confirmed but he is described as being in his 50’s and public onlookers said he was probably African-American.

Police said the incident doesn’t appear to be suspicious and that a county coroner will confirm the cause of death.

Witness accounts vary. One person said he had seen the man alive earlier “drinking in the sun.”

Another person who lives on the street said that he had bicycled by the deceased man – whom he thought was ostensibly sleeping on the couch – the night before, warning him, “it’s going to get cold.”

Multiple onlookers said they hope the city to do more for the homeless persons in the neighborhood, either by responding better to crime reports or suggesting that more resources are needed to help those living without shelter.

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Michael Lozano

Michael is an editor and multimedia journalist born to Mexican parents who started their own Domestic Violence counseling center in Southeast Los Angeles. His mentorship has provided youth opportunities to share their stories online on NPR, KCET, the Long Beach Post, and other national websites. His articles have been syndicated and translated into multiple languages via New America Media and ImpreMedia, the nation’s largest Spanish-language news publisher. He was a fellow with UCLA's Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies, and has recently been a Votebeat Reporter for CalMatters and the Long Beach Post. Michael graduated from CSULB in 2011 with research honors in Sociology and a Journalism minor. Follow his work @chicanochico on Twitter and @thechicanochicoreport on Instagram.