Body found in forest preserve

Body found in forest preserve

There are 13 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 19, 2007, titled Body found in forest preserve. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The badly decomposed body of what is believed to be a homeless man was found Sunday morning in the Greenbelt Forest Preserve near Park City, officials said.

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leo

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Nov 19, 2007
lets help all in need he had to have family hey if i can buy shit i dont need i can help give to a homeless person rest in peace
Blue Line Rider

New York, NY

#2 Nov 19, 2007
leo wrote:
lets help all in need he had to have family hey if i can buy shit i dont need i can help give to a homeless person rest in peace
WHAT???
Scott

Saint Charles, IL

#3 Nov 19, 2007
leo wrote:
lets help all in need he had to have family hey if i can buy shit i dont need i can help give to a homeless person rest in peace
Someone's taking the phrase 5 o'clock somewhere a little too seriously.
downer

United States

#5 Nov 19, 2007
leo wrote:
lets help all in need he had to have family hey if i can buy shit i dont need i can help give to a homeless person rest in peace
I think you need to slow down a little and insert proper punctuation.
Barb

Palatine, IL

#8 Nov 19, 2007
I'm with ya Leo. How sad.
Scott

Saint Charles, IL

#9 Nov 19, 2007
OLDADEYO wrote:
Blue Line-=-leo meant( i think) lets help the needy,if i can waste money on things i don't need , then i can give to a homeless person---
I've never met a jabberwockey interpreter. That is some talent.
mike

United States

#11 Nov 19, 2007
whats with all the dead bodies laying around in chicago lately? or maybe the trib is reporting this more often maybe?
Yardy

Woodridge, IL

#13 Nov 19, 2007
Duppies ah run red bloodclot.
GABBY

San Jose, CA

#14 Nov 19, 2007
THAT IS HORRIBLE
I knew Mark

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Dec 17, 2007
Mark was a wonderful person. I have never had one bad comment to make about him.
Eight years ago I moved to Park City and I met Mark when I was feeding the birds in the parking lot at K-Mart. He told me about feeding the birds. Shortly later I met Mark again and he asked me to help him go get some Dunkin Donuts that were thrown out in the Dunkin Donuts Dumpster. The were protected by a plastic bag, and so I gave him the ride and helped him get his donuts. He had them for several days. It meant alot to him.
Through the next several years Mark would often tell stories about his daughter who lived in Round Lake and how he loved her. He also talked about his little boy Benji. He talked about his mom and dad and his dad died a few years ago so went west to see his mom and family.
Mark lived in the woods for eight years that I knew him with a few times he had a shelter thanks to a very nice man who was the brother of another homeless woman, Jenny, who Mark helped take care of.
I have always respected Mark because he took care of the caravan of other homeless people who lived with or around Mark. Yes, he would pan for money but worked hard to make a little money and then he would buy food for all of them, sometimes up to 20 people. He used his military survival skills and he made sure they all ate. Yes, he drank. Alot! But as an pseudo-advocate for the homeless, I have yet to meet one homeless person who is not an alcoholic. Some do it to pass their life away, some to just keep warm during the freezing winters and then eventually end up having a horrible addiction.
Mark has never been anything but kind to me and my children. He was a loving human being. Like many other homeless people I know, he has been beaten badly, just for being worthless, in others eyes.
Mark even in his diminished health over the last several years (winters were very unkind) has been a person with integrety. More than alot of people who chased him off of their property just because he was "a bum".
My heart aches so because I will never see my friend Mark again and learn some of the life stories he has to offer me and others.
Three years ago I found Mark outside of McDonalds in Park City and I told Mark his best friend, Jeff, died trying to make it to the train through a blizzard. Jeff had walked 4 miles in below 0 weather trying to get to his mothers in Kenosha via train and frozen he fell to his death, over the Amstad downtown. When I told Mark he sobbed so. He felt pain like anyone else.
Another thing I really respected about Mark was he made the others keep the land clean. He cared about the land the the creatures. He found a kitten years ago and took care of it. He took it with him everywhere and he loved that kitten.
I'm glad my children were so kind to him. We would give him a hug and tell him we love him. Because he was a human being with real feelings.
So please this winter when you pass the homeless up, even if you don't want to give them any money, please atleast take a moment to smile or say a kind word like you might to any other person. The warmth of your kind face might see them through another day.
We are all so blessed to have a warm place to put our heads tonight and access to right on a computer. We will not wonder if we will eat tonight or put layers of clothes on sometimes wet from the elements of the bitter rainy and freezing outdoors. Even if you give them a burger you have planted a seed of hope in their heart.
I wish happy holidays to you and your loved ones.

Kari Richards
Waukegan

PS Yes, that was a giraffe Mark used to carry around with him. He bought it for his mother and he was waiting to get to see her someday so he could give it to her.

“What type of f--kery is this??”

Since: Dec 07

South Shore/Chatham

#16 Dec 17, 2007
I knew Mark wrote:
Mark was a wonderful person. I have never had one bad comment to make about him.
Eight years ago I moved to Park City and I met Mark when I was feeding the birds in the parking lot at K-Mart. He told me about feeding the birds. Shortly later I met Mark again and he asked me to help him go get some Dunkin Donuts that were thrown out in the Dunkin Donuts Dumpster. The were protected by a plastic bag, and so I gave him the ride and helped him get his donuts. He had them for several days. It meant alot to him.
Through the next several years Mark would often tell stories about his daughter who lived in Round Lake and how he loved her. He also talked about his little boy Benji. He talked about his mom and dad and his dad died a few years ago so went west to see his mom and family.
Mark lived in the woods for eight years that I knew him with a few times he had a shelter thanks to a very nice man who was the brother of another homeless woman, Jenny, who Mark helped take care of.

PS Yes, that was a giraffe Mark used to carry around with him. He bought it for his mother and he was waiting to get to see her someday so he could give it to her.
There are many people who will live, normal lives, by society's standards and who will die and not have as lovely tribute as the one written above...
I knew Mark-Kari Richards

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Dec 18, 2007
Thank you so much for your kind words. YOur heart is good.
Head 2 the sky

Sturtevant, WI

#18 Dec 29, 2007
My prayers go out to all those who've typed before me and all those who have yet to type. This kind of thing makes ya stop in your tracks and evaluate how much we should or shouldn't be complaining about.. Some of us are blessed beyond words. Pass the appreciation of life on before you judge others - Just think, what if you were born in a different area, different parents/family, with less resourses, possibly lost everything, job/carreer relocated, family and can't find work etc...Then again some have NEVER had such things to worry about, and God Bless you too.

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