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NYC homeless who died this year to be remembered at memorial

A memorial service will be held on Dec.

A memorial service will be held on Dec. 21, 2016, for the city's homeless who have died this year. Photo Credit: iStock

They have a home in someone’s heart.

A public memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday for the 143 homeless people who died in New York City so far this year.

Mourners will gather on the fifth floor of the Drishna Institute for Jewish Education at 37 W. 65th St.

Several of the deceased will receive eulogies from those who knew them in the memorial program, sponsored by Care for the Homeless and Urban Pathways.

Participants will also be given an opportunity to add the names of anyone they knew in the last year who died without stable housing to the list.

A meal will be served an hour prior to the program, which will include music, a memorial wall, information about the impact of homelessness and recommendations to end it.

As each name is read, a bell will toll, a candle will be lit and information about the deceased person will be projected on a screen.

Similar events are being held in 170 cities across the United States on the winter solstice to honor the dead and bring attention to the homeless crisis.

The list of the deceased in New York City includes at least seven murder victims, including Rebecca Cutler, 26, her 1-year-old daughter Ziana Cutler, and 5-month-old daughter Maliyah Sykes, who were stabbed to death in a Staten Island shelter in February. Maliyah’s father, Michael Sykes, stands accused of their murders, but has pleaded not guilty.

Most of the homeless who die, unlike Scylee Vayoh Ambrose and Ibanez Ambrose, ages 1 and 2, who were burned to death after a radiator malfunctioned in a Bronx shelter earlier this month, never make the headlines.

Though the causes of the vast majority of the deaths is unspecified or unknown, sponsors of the event have documented the causes of some deaths as attributable to diabetes, heart failure, cancer and fire.

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