Unfortunately I have some sad news on the homeless Veteran featured in the story, ‘A Happy Ending To Life.’
One of my readers reached out to me a few days ago.
“Did you hear DJ died?”
“No.” I said. “How do you know?”
“There is a memorial on the street where he used to sit.”
I walked to the place DJ had sat for the last couple of months and came upon the makeshift memorial.
There was another homeless man there who confirmed that DJ had in fact passed away. I emailed the email address DJ gave me but got no response.
A few days later I saw a man who normally stood on the street corner holding a sign. When I had interviewed DJ the man had come over to get a light for his cigarette.
“Did DJ die?”
A very sad conclusion for a story that seemed destined to have a happy ending.
The only consolation is that DJ has been reunited with his wife and daughter.