Homeless say drugs, alcohol pose bigger threat than violence - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Homeless say drugs, alcohol pose bigger threat than violence

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Two men are set to face a judge Tuesday for the murder of a local homeless man, William "Billy" Edwards.

People who live in make-shift homes in abandoned building around town said of all the things they fear, some major challenges besides violence come to mind first.

"Life is short, and it's best to try and get it right," said Isaac, a former homeless man we met at the Homeless Resource Network who asked that we only use his first name.

"I lived a complete good life and then I got in my late thirties and my life went down hill," Isaac said.

Isaac tells us his drug and alcohol use took over, forcing him to live off the streets.

The harsh realities of homelessness were highlighted month when a homeless man was murdered. Police say two men attacked Edwards in a part of town known to be a hub for those living on the streets.

"Somebody could come creeping up on you, you never know," said Sally, one local homeless woman who tells us she isn't afraid of a similar attack.

 Sally says that's because she lives in her van away from groups, "I pretty much try to keep to myself."

While violence is part of the rugged life style on the streets, Isaac tells us drugs and alcohol are the biggest dangers to his friends still without a roof over their heads; quietly claim the lives of far more people than violent attacks he says.

"I'm drug free of everything, and I still don't have much... but I thank God for what I do have," said Isaac.

Three years sober, Issac says every day presents challenges, as well as motivators to stay as clean and safe as possible.

" After paying all my bills, I don't have enough food for the month, so I still go to shelters and it reminds me where I come from," said Isaac.

Both suspects in the Edwards murder case are schedules appear in Recorder's Court Tuesday morning.

Copyright WTVM 2015. All rights reserved.
 

  • LocalMore>>

  • UPDATE: Police respond to shots fired on 33rd Street

    UPDATE: Police respond to shots fired on 33rd Street

    Sunday, August 19 2018 4:31 PM EDT2018-08-19 20:31:14 GMT
    Breaking NewsBreaking News

    News Leader 9 is on the scene of heavy police presence on 33rd street in Columbus; where officers are investigating a possible shooting. The scene stretches from the Hamilton Road intersection through 11th avenue.

    More >>

    News Leader 9 is on the scene of heavy police presence on 33rd street in Columbus; where officers are investigating a possible shooting. The scene stretches from the Hamilton Road intersection through 11th avenue.

    More >>
  • Leadership summit visits Columbus in honor of former Governor

    Leadership summit visits Columbus in honor of former Governor

    Sunday, August 19 2018 3:12 PM EDT2018-08-19 19:12:32 GMT
    A former first lady of Georgia welcomed by admirers and officials in Columbus to talk about the state of education this weekend. (Source: WTVM)A former first lady of Georgia welcomed by admirers and officials in Columbus to talk about the state of education this weekend. (Source: WTVM)

    Former First Lady of Georgia, Shirley Miller, was the keynote speaker for a summit by the Zell Miller Foundation in Columbus to help develop leaders and decision makers in the peach state.

    More >>

    Former First Lady of Georgia, Shirley Miller, was the keynote speaker for a summit by the Zell Miller Foundation in Columbus to help develop leaders and decision makers in the peach state.

    More >>
  • 'Draq Queen' story time starts conversation on children and inclusion

    'Draq Queen' story time starts conversation on children and inclusion

    Saturday, August 18 2018 7:10 PM EDT2018-08-18 23:10:18 GMT
    Brian Hopkins, performing as Monica Starr, leading the group of wide-eyed kids for the first-ever 'Drag Queen Story Hour' in the community.  (Source: WTVM)Brian Hopkins, performing as Monica Starr, leading the group of wide-eyed kids for the first-ever 'Drag Queen Story Hour' in the community. (Source: WTVM)
    Brian Hopkins, performing as Monica Starr, leading the group of wide-eyed kids for the first-ever 'Drag Queen Story Hour' in the community.  (Source: WTVM)Brian Hopkins, performing as Monica Starr, leading the group of wide-eyed kids for the first-ever 'Drag Queen Story Hour' in the community. (Source: WTVM)

    The conversation around a volunteer storytelling event put on by local LGBT advocates garnering attention and mixed reactions from people across the Valley.  

    More >>

    The conversation around a volunteer storytelling event put on by local LGBT advocates garnering attention and mixed reactions from people across the Valley.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly