Homelessness and untreated mental illness
Wilmington, North Carolina, is just one of many cities this year to witness a brutal assault or murder on a homeless citizen with severe mental illness (see Preventable Tragedies to search for more). While two men are charged with murdering Joe Bradshaw, the local paper interviewed others about life on the streets:
Stacey Alston sees the way people look at him and knows what they're probably thinking. Disdain for the homeless is not a new attitude, and certainly not one confined to a narrow segment of society. But Alston and others eating lunch Monday at the Good Shepherd House shelter on Martin Street still cannot understand what would motivate a person to beat someone so severely that he later died.