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Columbus Coroner invites public to Paul Garner's graveside funeral

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Coroner Buddy Bryan made apublic announcement today, Jan. 16, inviting the public to a funeral takingplace tomorrow for a Columbus man who froze to death during last week'sunusually cold weather.

Paul Garner, 51, was thehomeless man whose body was found in an empty lot located only a short distancefrom a homeless shelter. He died of hypothermia.

"We've received hundredsof calls from concerned citizens," says Bryan. "[Many people] loved Paul. Theyactually made the statements that he was a fine young man who fell on hardtimes."

A group of alumni fromBaker High School has worked together to provide for Garner's funeral.

The graveside service willbe held Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Park Hill Cemetery.

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