Memorial planned for homeless man found dead Sunday

Thursday, October 28, 2010 | 8:30 a.m. CDT; updated 10:49 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 28, 2010

COLUMBIA — A Columbia church is planning a memorial for a homeless man who was found dead Sunday morning.  

The memorial is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church, 702 Wilkes Blvd.

There will also be a vigil to remember those who have died homeless.

Police say they are investigating the death of the homeless man as a homicide. The body of 52-year-old Jerry Schneider was found Sunday morning at a homeless camp near I-70 and Range Line Street.

Columbia police spokeswoman Jill Wieneke says investigators have not determined a suspect in the death. She says Schneider's face and head were bloody but he was not shot.

The Columbia Tribune reports that the man's family has not yet been located.


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Linda Dunne October 28, 2010 | 10:09 a.m.

I think it's absolutely amazing and awesome for United Methodist on Wilkes to offer their services. Leave it to a church in a low income neighborhood to care enough to give to someone who isn't a "member". And leave it to the Missourian to care enough to make an actual headline for the all are awesome as well, thank you! Hopefully the media comes out and shows not only the service but also the vigil that will be outside. If anything please come out and report about the vigil. There's so much madness and sickness going on in this town that's being reported everyday. It would be so nice to see a story and a picture of the vigil tonight showing random strangers coming together for someone that alot of people could care less about. I'll definitely be going. Not only for Jerry, but to remember my dad who was homeless and killed here in 2001.

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