Memorial service in homeless encampment remembers 18-year-old woman

JEFF ANTENORE, Voice of OC Contributing Photographer

Homeless advocate Mohammed Aly, left, helps members of the local homeless community set up a memorial for their friend Cheyenne, known as "Kid," who died of a heroin overdose on Tuesday night, May 16, 2017 in Anaheim.

Residents of the homeless encampment along the Santa And River in Anaheim gathered to remember the life of an 18-year-old woman. Cheyenne, known as “Kid,” overdosed on heroin.

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JEFF ANTENORE, Voice of OC Contributing Photographer

Residents of the homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim, Raymond Lattanzi, left, and Toby Stockham, carry flowers toward a temporary memorial setup for their friend Cheyenne, known as “Kid,” who overdosed on heroin the night before. JEFF ANTENORE, Voice of OC Contributing Photographer

Residents of the homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim, Charlotte Kramer, left, and Toby Stockham, arrange flowers on Wednesday morning, May 17, 2017, at a temporary memorial setup for their friend Cheyenne, known as “Kid,” another member of the local homeless community, who overdosed on heroin the night before. JEFF ANTENORE, Voice of OC Contributing Photographer

Members of the local homeless community, and advocates for the homeless, stand around a temporary memorial for “Kid,” an 18-year-old girl who was living at the homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim, and who died of a heroin overdoes the night before, during a vigil on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. JEFF ANTENORE, Voice of OC Contributing Photographer

A temporary memorial with flowers and candles marks the spot where an 18-year-old girl, known to the members of the local homeless community as “Kid,” died of a heroin overdoes on Tuesday night, May 16, 2017, at the homeless encampment along the Santa Ana Riverbed in Anaheim. JEFF ANTENORE, Voice of OC Contributing Photographer

 

  • LFOldTimer

    Heroin must be dirt cheap these days if the homeless can buy it.

    I would suggest for everyone to call Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris and demand that they either fight the war on drugs or just raise the white flag and surrender. The poppy farmers over in Afghanistan have harvested record crops for the last 8 years. Seems strange that we occupy Afghanistan and can kill everything but the poppy flower, isn’t it? 10 helicopters w/herbicide could kill every poppy plant in Afghanistan in one single day. Ever wonder why that’s not happening? Hmmm? Obama turned a blind eye to the record poppy production in Afghanistan. Of course he was a doper himself, so I guess that makes sense. Poppies translate into heroin production. Hello? What the heck happened to the “war on drugs”? ha. Oh wait. I forgot. It’s just a front to build bigger police states here in America and to make lots of well-connected people who are insulated from the law very rich. That’s the purpose of the “war on drugs”. Let’s not be naive. Chances are Cheyenne got ahold of some smack with potent Afghan poppy gum and the rest is history.

    • justanon

      1) Heroin is pretty cheap these days, try and keep up with the times.

      2) What exactly do you think our current Senator’s should do about drugs?

      3) Record crops in Afghanistan are due to the Chinese developing a “year-round” poppy seed.

      4) Simple solutions like dumping herbicides on their poppy fields often cause complicated reactions.

      5) So which is it, do you support the “war on drugs” or not?

      6) Is your real purpose pontificating on this subject is to slime Democrats and conveniently omit any mention of our new AG who wants to go back-to-the-future and re-escalate the “war on drugs”?
      Hmmm, I wonder, lol!!

      • LFOldTimer

        (1) So you know the price of heroin??? hah. Not surprising.
        (2) Stupid question.
        (3) No. The reason is because there is no ‘war on drugs’ except for profit.
        (4) Nonsense. Herbicides are drops on lots of vegetation, including dope.
        (5) Another stupid question.
        (6) I don’t have to slime democrats. They slime themselves.

        There, any more questions from the cheap seats??? LOL!!!!

        • justanon

          Right….the simpleton’s simple easy answers (insert eye roll). You know nothing and are proud of it.
          Just a whole lot of ignorant bullsh*t! LOL!!!!

          • LFOldTimer

            Naturally you had no counterargument. Only insults.

            Thanks again for the victory. You lose again. 🙂

          • Cheri M Cole

            To consider a discussion in which different perspectives are shared a contest, in which there is a victor and a loser is a sad indicator of your motivation to contribute to the discussion. Perhaps there is a bigger issue at hand here. Perhaps there is the subject of why drugs are a problem…why people are taking drugs… why people are selling drugs… why people are homeless… why people thing that resorting to blaming politicians somehow does something to remedy the problems. No.. LFOldTimer… There is no victory in your statements.. there is only evidence of your ignorance.

          • LFOldTimer

            It’s sad that you have a poor understanding of the crux of the problem, Cheri.

            First off, commenter justanon follows me around the board and constantly insults me and criticizes my opinions. I don’t follow justanon around. I couldn’t care less what justanon thinks about anything. So you need to understand who the provocateur is. Not me. I’m just here to offer my opinions. That’s what opinion boards are for, whether you like it or not.

            Secondly, it’s the politicians who govern our lives in county government. So they ARE directly responsible for how the homeless population is handled. If they FAIL in their duties – they ARE responsible for the problems and deserve our blame, whether you like it or not.

            My statements are victorious over justanon’s statements. That’s for darn sure. If you can read you should be able to understand it.

            Enjoy the rest of your day.

          • Cheri M Cole

            Nothing is sad about my understanding. I have a very clear understanding. I have personally been active in understanding this problem… visiting homeless encampments, speaking to residents. I am also personally involved in and understand the psychology and medical ramifications of addiction and mental health. I also have been actively involved with elected officials and organizations politically and socially to understand and evaluate the problems associated with drugs, addiction, homelessness, mental health, and other social issues facing our communities. To say I do not have an understanding could not be further from the truth. No, your statements offer no victory. Perhaps in your mind they do, and indeed.. THAT is sad. Again, if your motivation is to win a debate, rather than illuminate the discussion with regard to the subject at hand.. then, that is sadly indicative of much more than any written word.

          • LFOldTimer

            You must be new to this board. You do not seem to understand the interaction between justanon and myself. Justanon chases me around the board routinely to vent hostility, vitriol and and lodge attacks. I don’t chase justanon around the board. So go lambast justanon for acting in an uncivil manner.

            I don’t insult other commenters unless I’m attacked first, Cheri. I am only here to offer my opinions. Nothing more, nothing less.

            Good for you that you’ve visited homeless encampments .

            But you’ve avoided my response that county elected officials are DIRECTLY responsible for the way our homeless population is treated and if they FAIL in their duties have earned our blame.

            It’s sad that you don’t seem to understand that or the interactions on this comment board.

            Peace.

          • Cheri M Cole

            You just not have read my comment correctly. I don’t care about your relationship with another poster. I was responding to your post.

          • LFOldTimer

            “I don’t care about your relationship with another poster.”

            Of course you cared. This is what you wrote:

            “To consider a discussion in which different perspectives are shared a
            contest, in which there is a victor and a loser is a sad indicator of
            your motivation to contribute to the discussion.”

          • Cheri M Cole

            No. Again you misunderstand. I don’t care about your relationship with another poster. My response is to your post….regardless of the circumstances surrounding your post. The end.

          • LFOldTimer

            Your previous comment that I quoted gives me a different story.

            With that said, thanks for the discussion. I hope you learned something.

            Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

          • Cheri M Cole

            Carry on old timer.

          • Cheri M Cole

            Additionally, your limited understanding of civics and the role that citizens, corporations, civic organizations and financial institutions play in our legislative networks is increasingly apparent.

          • LFOldTimer

            Citizens, civic organizations and financial institutions don’t make decisions on how government treats our homeless population. Elected leaders do that. It’s called Civics 101.

          • Cheri M Cole

            Oh. You are so wrong. The decisions of elected officials are very much influenced by citizens, civic organizations, and financial institutions. Perhaps you missed that in you junior college civics 101 class. The actions of elected officials do not take place in a vacuum. They are absolutely dependent on external influences…regardless of who the party of the elected individual or the platform on which they campaigned. It’s unfortunate you feel the need to voice your perspective so loudly when you are so lacking on basic fundamentals in the areas it which you choose to opine. That being the case, I wish you the best but I choose not to pursue a conversation.

          • LFOldTimer

            We disagree, Cheri.

            About the only thing that influences elected representatives these days are legal bribes from lobbyists. Why do you think Moonbeam Brown and the liberals in Sacramento imposed a $52 billion gas and car registration tax on the California residents? Because we wanted one? hah. No, it’s because his sugar daddies (the public unions and the contractors) who will benefit from tax paid the legislators off. Had the tax been put to the vote of the Californians it would’ve been shot down 65%-35%, You should know that. I learned how it works back in high school.

          • justanon

            Your “responses” were non-responses, stupid quips that reveal your ignorance and hypocrisy. You like to pontificate and lecture yet CAN’T DEFEND your stupid statements.
            In short, you’re just a hypocritical old gas-bag.