Homeless man in Ballard dies of hypothermia

A homeless man died in Ballard on March 5th near the Ballard Locks. Our news partner, The Seattle Times, is reporting that 49-year-old Charles N. Tompkins died from hypothermia. Tompkins was reportedly a transient in the Ballard area and his friend called police after finding him at the west end of the Locks just after 9 a.m., the Times is reporting. According to the police report which the Times cites, Tompkins “was bundled up, his entire head and face covered with a wool-type hat as though he was keeping warm.” The Crestline Courier-News in Southern California reports, according to the Times, that Tompkins was a 1979 high school National Merit Scholar and a graduate of the University of California.

Women in Black, a group who holds vigils when homeless people die, will hold vigil next Wednesday for Tompkins and two other recent homeless people who died. You can read more here in the Seattle Times article.


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Lonewolf
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Lonewolf

Sad.

Scott
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Scott

Sad indeed. Sad, that in a city full of places to get food/shelter 1 has to end their life this way. I keep hearing some say they kind of like being in that “tent-city” company or way of life. Outcasts? Addicts? “Issues”? Almost a chicken/egg problem in that we all donate or help food drives/banks, shelters, missions, churches, government program after program and on and on. In other words; there are massive places to find help, but still after all of the help etc, if 1 chooses this way of life what can we do? Thereby the grace of God go I…………………

Sven
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Sven

Life is a bitch. Why should society care about those who don’t care about themselves. How about helping those who want help.

onederfullone
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onederfullone

Well, we do help those who seek help, as we should.

Freedom is fundamentally about choices.

It’s not about avoiding consequence.

To many have that basic confusion clouding their view.

Cate
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Cate

Compassion is about helping those who are unable to help themselves.

Dave
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Dave

So, why didn’t you open your doors to Mr. Tompkins and his jug of wine?

Dave
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Dave

You left out the bit where ‘an empty jug of wine was found next to his body’, ergo he would not have been let into a shelter.

Lonewolf
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Lonewolf

A man’s dead and if you have nothing nice to say, shut the front door. The man had a Master’s and a PhD from the University of Arizona, was fluent in Chinese and lived a full life from what I’ve read. Without knowing the circumstances behind his fall from grace, your comments, regardless of your intentions paint you as a moron.

Rondi Susort
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Rondi Susort

Cate, you can help ’till you’re blue in the face, you can give until you’ve got no more, and it still isn’t going to fix the problem. Obviously you haven’t had much experience with a drunk or drug addict. At one time the experts cited all that giving was enabling the drunk or drug addict to continue on their path to destruction. Now it’s Roof’s First and we’re supposed to put them up in brand new apartments, with medical care and food and that’s supposed to help. Now they will have more money to spend on their alcohol and drugs.

Crownhiller
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Crownhiller

bravo – could not agree with you more.

Cate
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Cate

Do you know that I haven’t opened my life and being to the hungry or the oppressed or the drunk? Do you know anything really about me or Mr Tompkins and the circumstance of his death? He died alone and cold, the jug of wine is of your own invention.

Cate
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Cate

Read the Seattle Times story, yes there was a jug of wine and that does not change his humanity.

onederfullone
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onederfullone

Agree.

There is a difference between unable and unwilling.

You can lead a horse to water…

kim
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kim

and maybe he chose to be alone?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Norse, the cities that have built drunk houses (or whatever you want to call them) have done so because they did the math and found that it was much cheaper to house the chronic inebriates where they could keep an eye on them than it was to keep sending fire engines and ambulances all over town to wherever they happened to fall down. The savings are substantial and it also raises the quality of life for the people living there as well as the people living around there, so what’s the objection? That someone who can’t control their addiction is getting a free ride?

Mary Jean Grean
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Mary Jean Grean

You are one sad case.

Corbeau
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Corbeau

So if you have a heart attack nobody should call 911 and society shouldn’t pay for paramedics to come help you? Hey, if you’re lazy and have a heart attack that’s your fault so screw you, right?

Corbeau
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Corbeau

So if you have a heart attack nobody should call 911 and society shouldn’t pay for paramedics to come help you? Hey, if you’re lazy and have a heart attack that’s your fault so screw you, right?

Dave
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Dave

THanks for taking the time to read.

So, are you going out tonight and find a sh*t faced hobo and bring him into your house? Didn’t thinks so. Some people are beyond help, no need to waste our precious resources helping those unwilling to help themselves.

Sven
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Sven

I feel sorry for you. A derelict drinks himself to death and the OMG libs come out in force to shame society for letting this happen.

Sven
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Sven

WTF, really? What fucking article were you reading. What are you talking about? Your an idiot. the guy was a street drunk that froze. It’s too bad that some people go down this path and I feel for the guy’s family, but you reap what you sow.

Sven
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Sven

So if he was a HS dropout with a criminal record would you defend him the same?

Thought so, your comments, regardless of your intentions paint you as a hypocrite.

Lonewolf
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Lonewolf

You are a f’ing douchebag. Arguing with you would be futile as wrestling (with) a pig. I’ve read your earlier comments and decided to ignore them and for what it’s worth, I am sure Chaz was a better man than you can ever aspire to be. I believe that’s why you are here being an asshat – a homeless man who died in a sad way accomplished more than your useless douchebag arse.

Sveinn
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Sveinn

Everyone is a hypocrite at some point. Everyone is a moron at some point too but you belong to a rare breed of internet keyboard warriors who are pure attention whores regardless of what it takes. You are a disgrace to the name “Sven”.

Sven
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Sven

Seriously? You need to re-read what I wrote.

So if he was a HS dropout with a criminal record would you feel the same way?