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Man Found Dead at Occupy Denton

John on December 4, 2011 at 9:56 am

A 23 year-old white male was found dead in a tent at the Occupy Denton campsite in Texas:

University and city police found the man’s body at the eight-tent encampment after someone contacted authorities between 5:00pm and 5:30pm local time Saturday, UNT spokesman Buddy Price told KNTU Radio.

Police did not release the man’s name but the Occupy Denton blog posted the following:

Occupy Denton mourns the loss of a fellow occupier, a kind and idealistic young man and a friend. Darwin Cox passed away.  He was found in a tent on the Occupy Denton camp where he had been given shelter after a fellow occupier saw him suffering from a fever.  Darwin’s lifelong struggle with drug addiction is suspected to have played a role in this tragedy. While drug use or possession is strictly against Occupy Denton’s policy, it was the Occupy Denton camp where he found friendship, respect, and compassion for his warm, caring, and generous character. Occupy Denton will dearly miss him, and forever appreciate the fortune of having shared a space and time with our friend, Darwin Cox. We give our deepest condolences to his family.

There’s also this self-serving bit of agitprop:

One of Occupy Denton’s core issues is the struggle against homelessness. Specifically, the lack of a safety net and inclusive shelters for the homeless left Darwin with nowhere else to go.  Tragedies like this happen every day and fail to make the nightly news or the newspapers.  Our current social structure criminalizes the homeless as well as those suffering from addiction.  This is one of the reasons why Occupy Denton emerged, why Darwin joined, and why Occupy Denton will continue the struggle for the marginalized and oppressed.

Sorry, but I don’t think this man’s death makes a good argument for the cause. Quite the contrary.

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