DEVELOPING: Homeless community grieves four deaths from past week

Each person died in separate, non-related incidents, officials said.
Posted at 9:36 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 20:42:35-04

BOISE, Idaho — Shelter staff at Interfaith Sanctuary say a death in their community is rare, only occurring every six months to a year. But this week alone, there were four deaths in the homeless community in Boise.

Officials confirmed all four deaths, including 61-year-old Rose Jarvis, found June 25, lying unresponsive on 14th Street and Grand Avenue.

Just three days later and as we previously reported, 21-year-old Nicholas Olsen was found dead between 13th and 15th Streets near the Connector, officials said.

According to Interfaith Sanctuary staff, shelter guests also found 59-year-old Christopher Weedman dead in the Cooper Court alley. The coroner confirmed his death, as well as his name and age, though not his exact date of death.

Shelter staff say 31-year-old Nathaniel Gaver died early Monday morning at Boise Rescue Mission, though the coroner only confirmed his death and his age and name.

"This is trauma. It's trauma without finding your friend dead in the alley, so then you add that to it. So we're working on getting grief counselors here. My staff's super sad too. Ya know, everyone's sad," said Jodi Peterson, Executive Director, Interfaith Sanctuary.

Ada County Coroner Dotti Owens says the deaths are not related and that there are no signs of foul play. The office awaits toxicology reports to learn official causes of death.

A memorial service in honor of all four people who recently died will be held Tuesday evening at 6 PM at Corpus Christi, 525 S Americana Blvd, Boise, ID 83702.