Hancock County homeless advocates react to murder

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - In the handful of days since the arrest of a Hancock County man for the murder of another homeless man, the tragedy still has the town talking.

People like Jeanne Greaser, who are dedicated to helping the homeless, are now weighing in.  Greaser showed us some of the Christmas gifts she collected for David Bourgeois and Eddie Winnicki.  Unfortunately, Bourgeois will never see his presents, and if Winnicki is convicted of his murder, he may never see his either.  "There's really no words to explain how I feel. I'm at a loss for words. It's really sad," said Greaser.

Greaser is part of the Soldier's Angels program. The global organization supports deployed soldiers and veterans of all wars.  "These two guys were veterans. I know Eddie was a Navy veteran he use to tell me about it and what ever, they were both veterans and we wanted to make a difference in their lives. They served no matter what they served our country," explained Greaser.

Greaser and others have hosted an outdoor Christmas celebration for homeless veterans for the past 3 years.

"The kids would sing Christmas carols, lots of good eats and they would enjoy this. When the Giving Circle came down, they gave him a great three wheel bike Eddie's balance wasn't to good.  Soldier's Angels jumped in there and sent me a tent because Eddie's tent was destroyed,"said Greaser.

But this year's Christmas bash never came for the two homeless vets.  "I never could find Eddie, I never could find David," said Greaser.

The Soldier's Angels organization hopes to be able to deliver the Christmas Gifts to the homeless man jailed for murder.

Jeana Weiss new both men, too.  "They're both really good people under bad circumstances," said Weiss.

Her organization, Hands of Help, is dedicated to helping the homeless.  "I worked with both David and the person who has been arrested for his murder, and usually provided them food support," said Weiss.

Weiss calls the murder a senseless tragedy. But warns people not to judge.  "No matter how bad or good someone is, they are still people. They still have hearts.  They still have souls.  The biggest thing I think we do with Hands of Help is respect people," explained Weiss.

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